It’s not always enough to brush and floss regularly to keep bacteria and cavities away. As your family dentist in Oklahoma city, our team at Crossroads Family Dentistry takes a proactive approach to protecting your smile with dental exams and gentle cleanings. At your regular exam a careful assessment of your teeth and dental X-rays are very important in detecting early signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If a cavity is found, you may benefit from a dental filling.
By using preventive dentistry, including cavity fillings, dental sealants and performing regular teeth cleanings at the dentist, we focus on treating and preventing small dental issues before they become a big or expensive dental issue. Give us a call at (405) 631-0322 to schedule your next appointment at your Oklahoma City Dentist.
Do I Have A Cavity?
Dental caries, or cavities, form when bacteria break down food (carbohydrates) producing acid that can erode the enamel of the teeth causing dental caries or a cavity. More often than not a cavity will go unseen and unfelt and, left untreated, many cavities will result in a large cavity or toothache. A toothache or large cavity may require a root canal, crown or in some cases extraction. These treatments come with a big investment that could often be avoided if caught sooner!
Don’t wait for dental pain to see the dentist. Visit your local family dentist to schedule a checkup and receive a consultation for dental fillings. It could save you time, money and dental anxiety by restoring your smile early-on with gentle dental care.
Dental Fillings: Restore Teeth Damaged By Bacteria
When you choose dental fillings in Oklahoma City you not only restore teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay, but can help prevent further tooth decay from forming. Dental fillings act as a protective barrier by sealing off areas where bacteria and decay are known to enter. Depending on your dental needs, your dental filling may be made in the form of tooth colored fillings (composite resin), amalgam or porcelain.
Why Are Fillings Necessary?
Every time we eat or drink, we introduce new particles and bacteria into our mouths. Even if you brush and floss every time you grab a snack or after every lunch with family or coworkers, your teeth remain exposed to the everyday elements of eating and drinking, several times a day. Dental fillings when necessary can be a great way to remove decay and restore your smile.
What To Expect With Dental Fillings
If areas of tooth decay are present, your appointment for dental fillings will begin by applying a topical anesthetic or numbing gel then a local anesthetic injection to make you comfortable during the procedure. Next, tooth decay is carefully removed and the tooth or teeth are shaped to make room for a dental filling. The filling is applied using detailed precision, followed by careful polishing to seal and protect the tooth while creating a smooth, natural feeling result. After treatment with fillings you may grow accustomed to them quickly and forget you ever had treatment with dental fillings. With proper care, your dental fillings can last several years!
Dental Restorations in Oklahoma City
Dental crowns, dental implants, dentures and similar forms of dental restorations are available at Crossroads Family Dentistry to restore areas of tooth decay or tooth loss and restore patients beautiful and functional smiles. At Crossroads Family Dentistry it is the goal of the team to encourage healthier, happier living in the community by providing gentle, conservative dentistry with treatments that are built to last. If it’s been awhile since you’ve seen the dentist or you’ve noticed a change in your dental health, call (405) 631-0322 to speak with our team.