Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings in Cary, NC

According to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General, about 78% of people will have at least one cavity by the age of 17. Thankfully, there is a reliable method to treat against cavities: Dental Fillings!

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, and fillings are designed to seal the hole in your tooth to prevent the further spread of tooth decay. Left untreated, tooth decay could spread to the sensitive inner pulp (or nerve) tissue located in the root canal. Were this to happen, a root canal treatment would be necessary to treat your tooth. 

While there are a variety of materials that can be used to make a dental filling, Dr.Mark A. Jones provides composite fillings for his patients throughout Cary, North Carolina. Unlike the traditional silver metal fillings (also known as amalgam fillings), composite fillings are designed to look like your natural teeth. Besides their cosmetic value, composite fillings also are sturdier than their traditional counterparts, sometimes lasting twice as long. Additionally, composite fillings tend to be more conservative in their placement as they require less drilling into the tooth.

Regardless of these differences, composite fillings have a similar process as their traditional counterparts. First, a clinical exam would take place with Dr. Jones where he will determine the extent of decay of your tooth using X-rays. The decayed area of the tooth would then be removed after the application of local anesthesia. Once the tooth decay is removed, the remaining tooth structure is roughened with a mildly acidic solution where the translucent cement is then applied to bond the tooth and the filling material together. 

It is worth mentioning that following your dental filling you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. This is normal and can last a couple of weeks. However, if it persists beyond that or you experience actual pain when biting, it could signal that an adjustment needs to be made for your filling. Regardless, it is important to continue to brush and floss every day and to visit the dental office at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings!

If you are ready to schedule an appointment or have any additional questions about dental and composite fillings, please contact Dr. Mark A Jones and the Park West Dental team at their Cary, North Carolina dental office today!