Checkups Cleanings & Fillings
The most important part of any dental care program is regular check-up and cleaning. On your very first visit, we do an assessment of your teeth and gums and provide you with a recommendation on how often we would like to see you. Everyone is different so it can be as often as every three months for those who are cavity prone or suffer from gum issues to every year and a half for those who have outstanding at-home brushing and flossing rituals.
Whenever bacteria lingers for long periods of time on a tooth, that bacteria can produce chemicals, which can damage the structure of the tooth. This is what causes a cavity to happen. A cavity is an area of damaged or decayed tooth structure. Cavities can be detected through a clinical examination or through x-rays that are taken during check-ups or both.
Two of the biggest misconceptions about cavities are: a cavity is always painful, and a cavity can’t happen on a tooth that has had a root canal.
A filling is the best way to restore the tooth’s function after a cavity. The area will be anesthetized and the decayed area will be removed and replaced by a filling.
Fillings can be made of different materials (amalgam, composite, porcelain) and each material has its advantages and disadvantages. There is no one material that is best for everyone.