Improve The Health of Your Smile with Cavity Dental Fillings
At Sunny Family Dental, we are open to helping patients with a wide range of dental concerns. One of the most frequent problems seen is that of cavities. Cavities, also referred to as dental caries or tooth decay, can significantly impact the smile’s health. It can also cause pain and discomfort to patients, especially when enjoying sweets. Dr. Uday Shah of Chino Hills, California, can help patients get a proper diagnosis and treatment for their cavity.
How are cavities diagnosed?
There are a few ways in which a cavity may be diagnosed:
- Physical evaluation
- Digital dental x-ray images
- DIAGNOdent instrument
When an area of decay is found, patients can then talk to their dentist about restorative options.
What can be done about a cavity?
In most cases, patients with a cavity will benefit from a filling. Our team shies away from older filling materials such as silver amalgam fillings, which have been found to leave patients exposed to mercury toxicity. Instead, we strongly advise patients to consider materials such as composite resin, which are not only safer and biocompatible but more aesthetic. In some situations, dental inlay and onlay restorations may better suit patients with large areas of decay. These restorations are made of porcelain and sit in or on the tooth. They are also made to match the tooth structure to appear practically invisible after being placed.
What happens if a cavity is too large to treat effectively?
A tooth with an extensive cavity that significantly damages the tooth’s structure may need to be permanently extracted. That is done because there is more risk to placing a filling. The tooth’s structure can make it weak. Instead, removing and replacing the tooth may be the best solution for a patient in this situation.
Call our team today to learn more about cavity dental fillings
If you need composite fillings, we encourage you to call Dr. Uday Shah and his team at Sunny Family Dental to discuss your options. We are located at 14708 Pipeline Avenue A in Chino Hills, California, and can be contacted to schedule an appointment by calling (909) 679-3447.