Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria eat away at your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of metals that included mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings do not fuse fully with the enamel and the mercury may be hazardous to your general health. At Market Common Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC, Dr. James Mills uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. He can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment for cavities.
"I have the utmost confidence in Dr. MIlls and his staff. He is a very caring person and is able to take care of any needs that might occur and not have to send you to a specialist. Everyone in the office is very friendly and makes you feel welcome and comfortable."- S.M. / Google / Feb 20, 2020
"Market Common Dentistry has my blessing. Dr. Mills has gone over and beyond with working with my dental problems. Everyone in the office has been very kind. If there is ever an emergency they see you as soon as possible."- B.S. / Yelp / Feb 19, 2020
"The Best Dental Office in Horry County! This past Monday I had 4 teeth extracted. I was sedated for the procedure, and did not feel anything. After waking up, I was pain free. Having a phobia and panic attacks at previous dental offices. This place was a lifesaver. From the front desk staff, the hygienist and Dr.Mills himself ( so happened we have the same last name, I'm not related in anyway and was the first time we had met- lol) today is Wednesday and I am back to work pain free. Not many dental offices do sedation dentistry in horry county. Thank you again. ☆☆☆☆☆"- G.M. / Google / Feb 13, 2020
"They are the most polite, caring and professional team put in place in one office. If you have a phobia regarding dental offices, this office has solutions. Not many doctors in Horry County perform Sedation DENTISTRY. This is one place that does. You wake up and its over! If your new to the area give them a try."- G.M. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2020
"Dr. Mills and his team are always very helpful, professional and make your dental experience pleasurable."- F.H. / Google / Feb 06, 2020
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings typically seal the area of decay in the enamel of the tooth once it has been cleaned out by Dr. Mills. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to correct other concerns with your teeth, such as chips or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great result. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Mills about getting them taken out and redone with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling with composite resin at Market Common Dentistry is generally a quick treatment. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed. As soon as you are ready, the affected enamel can be treated using a special drill that Dr. Mills will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is cleared away and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be replaced with the composite resin material and hardened. Dr. Mills will smooth the composite resin so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to return to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for several days. You can use nonprescription pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation; however, you should not experience any serious problems. If your filling seems uneven or high, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. When you return for your annual dental examination, Dr. Mills will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities may begin as a small problem, but it is crucial to have them addressed before they develop into a more expensive concern. At Market Common Dentistry in Myrtle Beach, SC, cavities may be addressed with dental fillings. Dr. Mills makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, beautiful smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to make a dental examination with Dr. Mills.