Most people get cavities. In fact, about 90% of Americans have cavities in their permanent teeth. If you’re one of the many who are dealing with a cavity, schedule an appointment with Alex Gelman, DMD, at NJ Dental 1 today. Dr. Gelman treats your cavity with a high-quality dental filling to keep your smile happy and healthy. To learn more, schedule a visit by calling the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, office or booking an appointment online.
A filling is a dental treatment for cavities caused by tooth decay. Dr. Gelman removes all of the decayed material from your tooth and fills in the hole with a material that hardens. The filling material seals the cavity, keeping bacteria out and preventing more decay.
There’s a wide variety of filling materials, each of which is suited to different needs and preferences. Some of the more common materials used for fillings include:
Composite resins are made to match the color of your teeth, making them a popular choice for filling teeth that are more visible in your smile, like your front teeth. The downside of composites is that they break down a little more easily over time, making them a bad choice for large fillings.
Porcelain fillings are highly resistant to staining and are made to match the color of your teeth. They are typically more expensive than other filling materials.
Silver fillings are relatively inexpensive and highly durable. They’re also very visible, making them a more popular choice for teeth that you can’t easily see.
Gold fillings are easy on your gums, very strong, and last for a long time, but they’re also expensive and require multiple visits to place.
When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Gelman works with you to determine which filling material is the best. He takes into account the location of the tooth to be filled, the extent of its decay, any allergies you have, and your cost preferences.
Dr. Gelman administers your filling with a quick and simple procedure that only requires one visit to NJ Dental 1.
He first numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic. Once the anesthetic takes effect, he uses a drill, air abrasion instrument, or a laser to remove all of the decayed tooth material.
Once your tooth is free of decay, he cleans out the cavity to eliminate any remaining debris and all traces of bacteria. Next, he seals the cavity with your preferred filling material and lets it dry. Some filling materials require a special curing light to harden, which only takes a few minutes.
As soon as the filling hardens, you’ll leave the office ready to smile, speak, and chew with confidence.
Treat your smile right by getting a needed filling now. Schedule your visit with Dr. Gelman at NJ Dental 1 today by calling the office or booking a visit online.