One of the most common dental ailments people in the United States experience is the cavity. It is one of the most frequent childhood complaints, and it is only becoming more common as humans consume more sugar and avoid doing regular preventive dentistry, like brushing and flossing their teeth on a regular basis.
A cavity is most distinguished by its ability to cause pain when someone tries to bite or chew. This is because a cavity is a hole in the enamel of the teeth that allows decay and bacteria to attack the soft internal pulp. To combat cavities, Dental Land in Pasadena offers comprehensive dental fillings.
A dental filling is a hard material inserted into a cavity to repair and restore part of the structure of the tooth. It can be placed as a liquid or solid during the initial insertion, but it will harden and serve the same function no matter what. Fillings are made from a broad range of materials, but here at Dental Land, we prefer modern options.
When you visit us in Pasadena, our Pasadena dentist will typically use porcelain, composite resin, or glass-ionomer cement to repair your tooth. These materials are more durable and long-lasting than traditional options like amalgam (silver) or gold. They are also almost indistinguishable from natural dental enamel, meaning your smile will look natural to anyone who sees it.
When properly cared for at home, fillings can last a lifetime. Patients need to brush and floss their teeth twice a day to stop a buildup of plaque from attacking the tooth again. If decay does occur again, it can loosen the filling by eliminating more natural enamel. In severe cases, a filling won’t be enough to repair the damage, and the tooth might need to be extracted or given a crown.
If you are experiencing tooth pain in Pasadena, please contact us. Our dentist will be able to examine your tooth, determine its overall condition, and then create a custom treatment plan to address your personal needs.