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.
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.