Teeth are extremely durable, but they can often be compromised by the bacterium that causes tooth decay. If left untreated, that decay will compromise the structure of the tooth and lead to a cavity. Before the decay spreads to the root of the tooth or affects other teeth, Dr. Stark or Dr. Norden will use a dental filling to return the tooth back to its normal function and health. These fillings can be made of a variety of materials, such as gold, amalgam metal, or composite resin. Each of these materials has different strengths and weakness that our dentists will go over with you before the treatment.
During the procedure, Dr. Stark or Dr. Norden will prepare the area with a local anesthetic. This will ensure that the area is numb and the procedure will be as painless as possible. Next, the dentist will remove the decayed section of the tooth and disinfect the area. This prevents the infection from spreading any further. Next, we will fill the area with the restoration material and cure the filling, which seals the tooth from any further infection and helps restore the structure of the tooth.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a dental filling in Derby, Kansas, please contact us at Derby Family Dentistry today. We would love to hear from you.