A cavity is an empty space in the tooth’s interior caused by tooth decay. A dentist uses a filling to restore the shape and function of a tooth that’s been damaged by decay. To do this, Dr. Alfano features durable composite resin fillings that are virtually invisible.
Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that eats away at the inner portion of the tooth. The first step in repairing a tooth that has a cavity is to remove all the decayed tooth material.
Then Dr. Alfano will use a filling to replace the portion of the tooth affected by decay. A filling strengthens the tooth and protects it from further decay.
Many dentists use amalgam fillings, which are often called “silver” fillings because they appear silver in color. Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. In addition to being highly noticeable, amalgam fillings have a number of disadvantages when compared to modern composite resin fillings.
Composite fillings are made from a ceramic and plastic compound. They’re custom-designed to blend in with your smile, so you’ll never have to worry about anyone noticing them. The benefits of restoring your decayed tooth with a composite tooth-colored filling include:
The best way to prevent cavities is to take care of your smile. This includes brushing and flossing two times a day and visiting your dentist for a regular professional cleaning at least twice annually. It’s also advisable to avoid sugary foods, particularly in between meals.
During your regular dental checkups, we’ll provide you with a set of x-rays and a complete dental examination so Dr. Alfano can monitor your oral health. This is crucial because the sooner we discover signs of cavities, the easier your treatment will be.
Dr. Alfano is a prosthodontist, which means he has special training in repairing damaged teeth. He also has over 24 years of experience serving patients just like you.
Give us a call at (949) 673-7820 if you’re feeling any type of dental pain or discomfort. Dr. Alfano and our team will make sure you get the appropriate care right away.