Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are a common dental problem that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. At Marino Dental on Darrow, we offer a variety of cavity fillings services in Akron, OH, to help our current and new patients restore their teeth and prevent further damage.
Dental fillings are a common treatment for cavities. They involve removing the decayed portion of the tooth and filling the area with a filling material to restore the tooth’s shape and function. There are several types of filling materials available, including:
- Amalgam fillings, which are made of a mixture of metals and are often silver in color.
- Composite fillings, which are made of a tooth-colored resin and are often used for cavities in visible areas of the mouth.
- Gold fillings, which are made of gold alloy and are often used for larger cavities or for patients who have a strong bite.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are a type of indirect filling that is used for larger cavities or for cavities that involve the cusps of the tooth. These fillings are made in a dental laboratory and are cemented into place by the dentist. Inlays fit inside the tooth, while onlays cover one or more cusps of the tooth.
Getting Fillings in Akron, OH
The process of getting a cavity filled typically involves a few steps and can usually be completed in one appointment.
First, the dentist will examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine the extent of the decay and the best course of treatment. If the decay is minimal, the dentist will likely recommend a filling.
The next step is the actual filling procedure. The dentist will numb the area around the tooth to minimize any discomfort. Then, using a drill or laser, the dentist will excavate the decayed area. After that, the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected to remove any bacteria. The tooth is then ready for the filling material to be placed. The dentist will choose the appropriate filling material based on the location and size of the cavity, and your aesthetic preference.
After the filling is placed, the dentist will shape and polish the filling to ensure a smooth surface and proper bite. The filling will then be cured or hardened.
In some cases, a temporary filling may be placed and the patient will be asked to return for a second appointment to have the permanent filling placed. The entire process usually takes about an hour.
It’s important to keep in mind that after the filling procedure, you may experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for a few days. This is normal and should subside within a week. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for the filled tooth, including what to eat and drink, and how to brush and floss. Following these instructions will help ensure the longevity of your new filling.
At Marino Dental on Darrow in Akron, Ohio, we are dedicated to providing high-quality cavity fillings services to our patients. Whether you need a filling, inlay or onlay, we can help. We use the latest techniques and materials to ensure that your teeth look natural and feel comfortable. Please contact us to schedule your appointment to learn more about our cavity fillings services.