Detecting and addressing cavities early can help prevent the necessity for more intricate and costly dental procedures.
If cavities are identified before significant decay occurs, the tooth can typically be restored with a filling.
Once a tooth develops a cavity, the decay will persist and spread unless the affected area is removed and the tooth is appropriately restored. Neglecting to treat cavities in a timely manner may escalate the need for more extensive restorative treatments such as crowns, bridges, root canals, or dental implants.
In the past, metal (amalgam) fillings were common; however, tooth-colored composite material is now the preferred filling material. This composite material seamlessly blends with the natural tooth color, making it less noticeable than metal fillings. Additionally, tooth-colored fillings are less susceptible to temperature-related sensitivity compared to metal fillings.
Furthermore, composite fillings have gained popularity due to the absence of mercury, a component present in metal fillings. Many patients opt to replace their older amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings for this reason.
- Refrain from eating or chewing until any numbness from anesthesia subsides.
- If supervising a child who has undergone treatment, ensure they refrain from eating or chewing while still numb to avoid potential injury to their soft tissue.
- Avoid sticky, crunchy, or hard foods for the first 24 hours.
- Any sensitivity to cold or heat, as well as soreness, should resolve within a few days.
- If you experience persistent pain or discomfort beyond a few days, please contact our office.