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 actually enjoy going to dentist now. Everyone is cheerful, polite and helpful. Dana does a great job with the cleaning and Dr Mills is knowledgeable and always has time for questions. The office atmosphere is relaxing and clean. I highly recommend market Common Dentistry."- C.J. / Yelp / Feb 21, 2023
"Had my 6 Month cleaning. A great thorough cleaning. Dana is amazing They found a gum issue for which I’ll be returning. Dr Mills is an amazing Dentist"- M.M. / Yelp / Feb 16, 2023
"The staff at Market Common Dentisty are very friendly and welcoming. It was my first visit to the practice and I felt like everyone really took the time to listen to my concerns and put an effective treatment plan in place. I felt comfortable and heard the entire visit. Would definitely recommend."- M.C. / Yelp / Nov 29, 2022
"Very professional staff and friendly staff. They don’t try to scare you into procedures you may need. They provide the information so that you can make an imformed"- J.F. / Yelp / Nov 19, 2022
"When I first moved to the area. I needed a permanent dental bridge put in, the other dentist that was practicing there did it, who is no longer there, not Dr. Mills. Anyhow it broke a lil less than 3 years later. Went back in and Dr. Mills did the honorable thing and made me a new bridge at no additional cost to me. That is the correct way to do business and much appreciated by me. Dr. Mills is the best. I have worked in the medical field for many years and this is the right way to treat patients."- L.A. / Facebook / Oct 21, 2022
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.