Cavities can develop when bacteria attacks your enamel and eats away at your teeth.
At Glorious Smiles in Flower Mound, TX, Dr. Lopez Bhushan can treat your cavity using a variety of methods and filling types, such as resin dental fillings and porcelain dental fillings. Cavities are treated with composite restorations, where we bond the material to the tooth for extra strength.
If you experience tooth pain or sensitivity, it could be due to a cavity. A dental exam with Dr. Lopez Bhushan will be able to verify the existence of cavities. How your cavity is treated will depend on how severe your cavity is. There are typically two types of fillings:
Resin dental fillings are often used for minimal decay or minor cosmetic imperfections and involve the application of a tooth-colored resin directly to the affected area, which is then sculpted into form. These types of fillings are completed in a single dental visit.
Porcelain dental fillings, however, are often used for more significant cases of damage and decay and require the porcelain inlay/onlay to be created in the laboratory.
What to Expect
Typically a tooth-colored filling is a pretty simple procedure at Glorious Smiles in Flower Mound, TX. If you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist Dr. Lopez Bhushan can suggest some sedation options like nitrous oxide. When the procedure begins, the infected enamel will be cleared away using a dental drill along with other instruments. Once the enamel is treated and the area is disinfected, the composite resin will be placed directly onto the tooth and sculpted to form. If your cavity is more severe and requires a porcelain filling, then Dr. Lopez Bhushan will make an impression of the tooth and create a model for the laboratory where the porcelain inlay/onlay will be fabricated. Porcelain fillings typically require more than one visit to the office.
You may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and drinks for one to three days. If there is any discomfort, you can take non-prescription pain medication to treat discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems uncomfortable (i.e. high or uneven), please let Dr. Lopez Bhushan know and she will take care of it. Your filling should be cleaned regularly, including daily flossing and brushing.
Composite resin fillings and porcelain fillings for dental cavities are typically covered partially by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage.