How Dental Fillings Treat Cavities

How Dental Fillings Treat Cavities from Hybrid Dental in Las Vegas, NVDental fillings are ideal for treating mild to moderate cavities. They are appropriate for patients of all ages, from young children to elderly adults. In this review, we closely examine the role of dental fillings in treating dental cavities, highlighting the different types of filings, when they are recommended, and how they compare to alternative treatment options.

Dental fillings for cavities: Here is what you need to know

Here, we discuss everything that patients should know about dental fillings for cavity treatment so they can make informed treatment decisions.

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling is a type of dental restoration that restores the morphology, function, and appearance of a decayed or damaged tooth. It is a non-invasive procedure with minimal risk and does not cause much (if any) discomfort for the patient. There are different types of dental fillings, including:

  • Composite.
  • Ceramic.
  • Glass ionomer.
  • Silver amalgam.
  • Gold.

Tooth-colored fillings, such as composites and ceramic fillings, are often used for the visible surfaces of front teeth, while an amalgam filling may be more appropriate for less-visible teeth that require more strength, such as the chewing surfaces of molars.

When is a dental filling recommended for dental cavities?

A dental filling is recommended for any patient (of any age) who shows signs of a dental cavity, especially mild to moderate cavities. The signs and symptoms that may indicate a need for a dental filling include:

  • Small holes in teeth.
  • Tooth discoloration.
  • Tooth sensitivity.
  • Toothache and pain.
  • Swollen gums.

One early sign of a dental cavity is a tiny holein the tooth; it may be hard to see with the naked eye (especially if it is in the grooves of teeth). The tooth may also appear discolored. A tooth that causes discomfort (sensitivity or pain) indicates a need for cavity treatment.

Dental fillings are appropriate for all ages, as they are non-invasive and cost effective. Whether it is a child who develops cavities in their baby teeth or an elderly adult who has a cavity, fillings are often a great choice for most dental patients. However, for severe cavities, root canal therapy, rather than a dental filling, may be a better solution.

What other treatment options are available for cavities?

Dental fillings are the most preferred treatment option among dentists, particularly for patients who have mild to moderate cavities. Alternative cavity treatment solutions may include root canal therapy, dental crowns, onlays, and inlays. If the tooth enamel is only weakened and not eroded, the dentist may recommend fluoride treatment, as this helps strengthen the enamel and can prevent cavities and a subsequent need for dental fillings.

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Do you have signs or symptoms of a dental cavity?

The good news is that dental cavities are treatable in most cases. In fact, most patients only require a dental filling, which is a non-invasive procedure. If you are experiencing signs or symptoms of a cavity, we strongly encourage you to contact us today and schedule a consultation visit.

Request an appointment or call Hybrid Dental at 702-628-5807 for an appointment in our Las Vegas office.

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