Restore Decayed Teeth
Mount Pleasant Dental Fillings
If you suspect that you may have a cavity in Mount Pleasant, Dr. Candice Vinson is here to help. At Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant, we specialize in restoring decayed teeth with advanced composite fillings. Learn more about the process below, or contact us now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Vinson.
Signs you may need
If you suspect that you may have a decayed tooth and may need a filling, there are a number of different signs you can look out for. First, your tooth may feel sore and tender, or sensitive when you eat hot and cold foods. This is a very common early sign of a cavity.
If your cavity is more advanced, your tooth may ache for no reason, or hurt when you bite down. It may also hurt when you eat very sugary foods. Large cavities may also be visible on your tooth. Look for deep pits or holes on your tooth, or enamel that’s gray, black, or brown in color.
The importance of early treatment
With Dental Fillings
Treating a cavity early with a dental filling has a variety of benefits. First and foremost, it provides you with relief from pain and discomfort. A large cavity can cause a lot of tooth sensitivity and pain, and restoring your smile with a composite filling can help you get relief.
In addition, early treatment with a cavity will prevent further complications. An untreated cavity can easily progress to a tooth infection, which will require treatment with root canal therapy and a dental crown. This is a much longer, more invasive, and more expensive process, so getting care early helps you save time and money.
What to expect during
The Dental Filling Procedure
The process of a dental filling typically takes a single 30-60 minute appointment. First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed to prepare for the process. You can also be sedated, if you wish.
Then, Dr. Vinson will begin the treatment by removing any decayed enamel with a dental drill. This is done to expose healthy tooth enamel, and eliminate the bacteria that cause cavities. After the tooth has been prepared, it will be cleaned and sanitized.
After this, Dr. Vinson will apply tooth-colored dental resin directly to the cavity, rebuilding your tooth structure layer-by-layer. This resin will be hardened using a UV light, and then Dr. Vinson will trim and refine the filling using a dental drill.
Finally, your bite will be checked to make sure your filling fits perfectly, and any final adjustments will be made. Then, your new tooth will be buffed and polished, and you’ll be sent home.
Do you have
Not sure if you need a filling? Got more questions about the process? Want to schedule an appointment? Advanced Dentistry of Mount Pleasant is here to help. Give us a call at (843) 936-1690 or contact us online to schedule a consultation in Mount Pleasant with Dr. Candice Vinson.