Small to moderate sized cavities can often be treated with dental fillings. Depending on your needs, we may recommend composite resin fillings, metal fillings, or silver fillings. In many cases, we provide composite fillings because they offer long-lasting, natural-looking results, as well as preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
Dental filings help protect and preserve the natural tooth my restore the decayed portion of the tooth and sealing the tooth to prevent future decay. They are an ideal solution for patients of all ages.
At the time of your appointment to Design Dental, North Liberty, IA dentist Dr. S. Jeremy Tu will evaluate your teeth and determine if a dental filling is required. Depending on your needs, budget, and goals, we will recommend the most appropriate type of dental filling for your needs.
PDF: No Drill, Pain-Free Fillings
At Design Dental, we are committed to providing the ultimate patient experience. We understand that many patients fear dental drills, especially younger patients. We take pride is staying up to date on the latest technology, methods, and treatments in dentistry.
We offer Silver Diamine Fluoride, an FDA approved antibiotic liquid that is designed to control active cavities and prevent future decay. This is a non-invasive solution to cavities and is ideal for young children or patients who are not ideal candidates for traditional dental fillings.
SDF fillings are comprised primarily of silver and fluoride. Silver helps strengthen the tooth enamel while fluoride helps prevent future decay.
SDF Fillings are recommended for:
- Children with severe tooth dental
- Small children who may have difficulty completing their treatment
- Patients with special needs
Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, SDF dental fillings are readily available in our North Liberty dental practice.
Knowing how to maintain healthy teeth and prevent cavities is essential at every stage in life. Our dental team can work with you on an individual basis to asses your cavities risk and develop a prevention plan that is right for you. Your plan may include additional visits to our dental office for routine screenings and dental cleanings.
In the meantime, incorporating these key oral health practices can help improve your oral health.
- Reduce sugary foods and beverages in your diet
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine cavity screening and professional dental cleanings
- Drink water after each mean
- Develop and maintain a proper oral hygiene routine: Brush at least twice a day and floss daily
What To Expect During The Dental Filling Process
Before placing a dental filling, we take the time to ensure that our patients are comfortable. A local anesthetic is applied to help numb the affected tooth. We carefully removed any decay from the tooth. Once the decay is removed and the tooth is cleaned, the tooth is filled with the chosen material. The material is carefully modeled and shaped until the desired aesthetic is reached.
Dr. Tu checks the bite and makes any necessary adjustment before the material is sealed into place.