Tooth Fillings

Dr. Skousen at Heritage Dentistry can help you spot tooth decay early. Filling a cavity early is important to avoid future complications like a root canal or even a tooth extraction. The good news is that Dr. Skousen and his team can fill a cavity with composite resin in just one appointment. The best part is that no one except you and Dr. Skousen will know that you have the composite resin and your gap will be virtually gone!

How Is A Cavity Filled?

Composite resin or amalgam is used to fill most cavities. Composite resin is a putty-like material that Dr. Skousen and his team can mold to your teeth. On the other hand, an amalgam filling is a metal filling placed in the tooth. An advantage of composite resins is that it Dr. Skousen can choose a shade that matches the natural color of your teeth. Once you have chosen a resin color, Dr. Skousen will prepare the tooth by scraping around the area to make it tough and adhere better to the resin. Then, just like an artist with clay, Dr. Skousen will mold the tooth. To harden the material, he will apply ultraviolet light to the area. The once soft material is now hard and secured, similar to the rest of your natural teeth. Lastly, the Heritage Dentistry team will smooth out the edges around the tooth and add a shiny seal to complete the procedure. A typical cosmetic or restorative bonding procedure will take between 30 minutes and one hour.

How Do Cavities Form?

At Heritage Dentistry we recommend that our patients brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss once per day. This daily hygiene routine, along with visiting Dr. Skousen twice a year for a cleaning and exam, will help you prevent and treat cavities early. Sugar and acids build up on your teeth after eating. Without a good hygiene routine, the sugar and acids will begin to eat away the outer layer of your teeth. The part that is eaten away is called tooth decay, or a cavity. The only way to fix a cavity is by filling it and stopping the growth.

What If I Don’t Fill My Cavity?

During the early stages of a cavity, the decay is on the outer portions of the tooth. When you have a toothache from a cavity, this means that the decay has likely reached the middle of the tooth where your nerves are located. An untreated cavity can lead to needing a root canal, a crown, an extraction, and even a dental implant. Filling a cavity at the first sign of significant decay, as recommended by Dr. Skousen and his team, will prevent the cavity from worsening.

Dental bonding is an inexpensive, time-efficient way to treat a number of restorative and cosmetic dental concerns. Whether you have a chipped tooth, a cavity, or a gap between two of your teeth, a composite resin bond may be the solution you are looking for. For more information about dental bonding or to request an appointment with Dr. Skousen at Heritage Dentistry, call our Frisco, Texas office at 469-535-6516, today!