With a dental filling in Perkasie from Dr. Lindsey Cerdas, you can restore your smile, prevent complications like tooth infections, and get back to your day-to-day life after suffering from a cavity. If you think you may have a cavity or you’re just overdue for an appointment, contact us now to get the help you need.
Preventive dentistry if your foundation for a healthy smile. With regular cleanings and exams, small dental issues can be caught before they turn into large and costly problems. Preventive dental care along with a diligent at-home brushing and flossing routine can help prevent dental issues all together. It’s these small investments in your oral hygiene that lead to a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dental plaque is made up of more than 300 different types of bacteria.
Regular flossing allows you to clean an additional 40% of your tooth surface.
Over 90% of American adults have had a cavity at some point in their lives.
The average American has three dental fillings, making this the most common dental procedure in America by a large margin!
To begin the process, Dr. Lindsey Cerdas will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area to ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the treatment process. If available and appropriate, you can also be sedated during this process.
The next step of the dental filling process is to remove any decayed or damaged enamel. Dr. Cerdas will use a dental drill to carefully trim away any deteriorated tooth material, exposing fresh and healthy enamel, and eliminating bacteria. After it’s been trimmed, your tooth will be cleaned and sanitized.
Next, Dr. Cerdas will apply a tooth-colored composite resin to your tooth. This resin is matched to the color of your tooth, so it will look and feel completely natural. She will apply this material and harden it layer-by-layer with a UV light, restoring your tooth.
Once your tooth has been restored, Dr. Cerdas will check your bite using a special type of paper, and ensure the filling fits perfectly. She can trim the filling and make minor adjustments to correct the fit, if necessary. Once everything looks good, your tooth and filling will be buffed and polished to complete your procedure at Perkasie Dental Loft.
Dental fillings are intended to treat tooth decay (cavities). The most common cause of tooth decay is improper oral hygiene. Maintaining good oral health by brushing twice a day and flossing once per day is the best way to avoid cavities and the need for dental fillings.
It’s also important to note that dental fillings are not intended to treat large or deep cavities. In most cases, teeth with very large cavities will be too weak to be treated with a filling. If you have a very large or deep cavity, a dental crown may be recommended instead.
Dental crowns are a bit different than fillings. They look like a tooth-shaped “cap,” and are bonded permanently to the decayed tooth after it has been trimmed. Since crowns cover up and protect all of the remaining tooth structure all the way down to the gum line, they’re a much better long-term solution for large cavities.
Not sure if you need a dental filling? The best way to find out is to contact the team at Perkasie Dental Loft. Dr. Lindsey Cerdas can examine your mouth, determine the extent of your tooth decay, and help you decide on the right restorative dentistry treatment for your needs.
42% of kids from age 2-11 have had at least one cavity. At the age of 12-19, this jumps to 59% of people, and 92% of adults between the ages of 20-65 have had at least one cavity. Make sure you get your cavities filled ASAP to avoid complications.
If you have a cavity, a filling is typically the best option for restoring your smile as long as the cavity is not extremely deep or large. In the filling process, Dr. Cerdas will trim away the decayed enamel and use a metal-amalgam or composite resin material to restore the natural shape and function of your tooth.
If you have a cavity and you don’t get a filling, the issue will only get worse. It’s likely that you will experience more pain, discomfort, and tooth sensitivity, and you may end up needing a dental crown to restore your tooth. This treatment is more expensive and involves removing more of your natural enamel.
In fact, it’s possible that your tooth may even become infected, which happens when the outer layers of enamel and dentin are destroyed by a cavity, exposing the “pulp” inside the tooth to oral bacteria. If this happens, you may experience a very painful toothache, and you will need a root canal and a dental crown. If you leave an infected tooth untreated, it will eventually die, so immediate treatment in Perkasie from Dr. Lindsey Cerdas is essential.
To begin, Dr. Cerdas will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area. You can be sedated during this process if you’d like. Then, she will use a dental drill to trim away any decayed or damaged tooth enamel from the cavity.
Once the tooth has been prepared, she will apply the filling material directly into this cavity, and use dental tools to shape and sculpt the filling until it looks just like part of your natural tooth. Then, the filling will be hardened. Next, Dr. Cerdas will check your bite using dental paper, and trim the filling to make any final adjustments. Finally, the tooth will be buffed and polished, and you’ll be sent home with a newly-restored smile.
No. Dental fillings do not hurt at all. The process is minimally invasive, and does not involve contact with any dental nerves, only with the outer layers of your tooth. In addition, your mouth will be completely numb throughout the process, so you won’t be able to feel any discomfort or pain during treatment.
If you wish to remain more comfortable during treatment or you’re feeling anxious about getting a filling, we also offer sedation dentistry at Perkasie Dental Loft. With nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral conscious sedation, you can relax during your appointment and get a filling with no fear of pain or discomfort.
That cavities will keep getting worse until treated!