Fillings

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Even if you practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist as recommended, there is a likelihood that you still may get a cavity or tooth decay. The best treatment for a cavity is a dental filling.

When the structure of a tooth is damaged because of decay, SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry can install a filling to restore the tooth’s aesthetics and function.

The Westminster Dentist offers two types of fillings—tooth-colored composites and amalgams.

 

Composite Fillings

Fabricated from a filler of glass or quartz contained in a resin medium, these fillings can be matched in color to look like the rest of your natural teeth, making them indistinguishable in your mouth. Composite fillings usually are best for your front teeth or other teeth that are highly visible in the mouth but also can be used to treat cavities in the back teeth.

Amalgam Fillings

Also known as “silver fillings” or “metal fillings,” these fillings are commonly used for back teeth or teeth that face an inordinate amount of stress in the mouth.

What can you expect from a filling procedure?

The dentist will determine which type of filling is best for you, depending on the location of the decay, while also taking your oral health and overall health into account.

To begin the procedure, the dentist may need to administer a local anesthetic to make your mouth numb. Then, decay is thoroughly removed from the tooth, along with any tooth structure that has sustained damage. The area is rinsed cleaned and then dried so that a special adhesive can be applied. Then, the filling is installed. Filling procedures can be accomplished in a single visit to the dentist.

If you have a cavity that needs to be repaired, contact the office of SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at (864) 647-9000 to schedule an appointment. Following through with routine dental exams and cleanings will allow us to identify cavities in the earliest stage, preventing further damage to your teeth.

SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is proud to provide top-quality oral health care to patients in the areas of Oconee County, Clemson, & Seneca SC.

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