Riverside, CA dentist offers treatmet for cavities

If you have been told you have a cavity, it is important to have this treated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, tooth decay can cause permanent damage to your enamel. However, fillings can prevent the cavity from progressing and protect against infection. Even if you take proper steps to prevent decay, you may still need restorations. Riverside Dental Group in California uses composite resin to fill cavities before the problem worsens.

When Is This Necessary

At your biannual checkup, your team will examine your teeth and gums to look for any potential problems. Decay may be seen during this brief check or with the use of an X-ray. You may also notice this by feeling a noticeable hole in your tooth’s surface, having sensitivity in the area, or a toothache. If you notice these signs before your next appointment, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible to have the area looked at. Prolonging treatment will result in the carie growing larger and can lead to more problems.

How A Filling Is Done

This fairly straightforward procedure will be done in a separate appointment from your checkup. Sedation options may be available to you to increase your comfort. Then, using a gentle drill, the damaged area will be removed and cleaned. After this, composite resin will be bonded in place. This helps to restrengthen the tooth and reduce the chance of an infection.

There are many materials available for fillings, but we opt for composite resin due to the many benefits it offers. This material is highly durable, bonds easily in place, and can blend in with the color of your smile. In addition to this, it is safer than other materials.

If You Have Severe Damage

Unfortunately, a filling can only treat a cavity. If you are experiencing severe decay, a root canal may be a more effective treatment. This procedure is used when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected. Like a filling, the damaged part will be removed and then filled.

For patients who have harmed a tooth through injury, your dentist may recommend a crown. This is a cap that covers the entire tooth to protect against damage and infection.

Do Not Put Off This Restoration

Avoiding a filling may lead to needing a more invasive treatment in the future. To schedule this appointment, contact your nearest Riverside Dental Group location today.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.