Approximately 92% of adults have experienced a cavity. Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay, and if left untreated, they can severely damage teeth and lead to a decline in oral health. Though cavities are common, at Smile Perfection, Tucson dentist Sharad Pandhi, D.D.S. can easily fix them using a routine, restorative dental treatment called a dental filling, also known as a tooth filling.
A dental filling can be made out of a variety of materials and is used to fill and seal the hole caused by a cavity, preventing decay from spreading to the rest of the tooth. Sharad Pandhi, D.D.S. quickly, easily, and comfortably removes decay from a tooth before it progresses. The type of tooth filling that is used is largely based on your needs and preferences.
You are probably most familiar with gold and silver/amalgam fillings, but these are only two of several options you will have if you find yourself with a cavity. Though both gold and amalgam fillings are good options, they also stand out against the pearly whites they are preserving and protecting. Fortunately, there are less obvious alternatives available.
Filling options include:
Though they are very durable, most fillings will need to be replaced eventually. How long they last depends heavily on the type of filling you get.
Sharad Pandhi, D.D.S. can perform both the removal of the decay and the filling placement in such a way that you will remain comfortable and free of pain.
Shortly after receiving a filling, you should be able to do all of the things you normally would do.