Do you need a cavity filled? Is your tooth causing pain when eating?
Dr. Pamela Cain provides tooth fillings in our Knoxville, TN dental office. A dental filling is one of the most common general dentistry treatments in use today. It can serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes and play an important role in the maintenance of long-term oral health. Dr. Cain places dental fillings to repair damaged teeth, address tooth decay, and more.
Although a range of materials can be used for a dental filling, we recommend using composite resin or porcelain when placing an inlay or onlay. Porcelain gives you the most natural-looking results. It is also far stronger than composite resin and won’t need to be touched up in the future.
Benefits of White Fillings:
- Durable result that blends in with your natural smile
- Creates a tight seal around the tooth which greatly reduces the risk of future damage or decay.
- Can improve the aesthetics of your smile with custom color matching
Our dentist in Knoxville, TN can replace old, dark fillings with a composite white filling for a smile makeover that will also improve your oral health.
Dental Fillings in Knoxville, TN
We typically complete a dental filling during a single visit to our Knoxville, TN dentist office. We use a local anesthetic for your comfort. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you can elect to have a sedation dentistry treatment to ease the process. Most dental fillings are quick and cause minimal discomfort for patients.
Dr. Cain will begin the process by numbing the area. Then, she removes the decayed part of the affected tooth. A color-matched composite resin will be placed on the tooth and sculpted for a natural look and comfortable smile. The resin will be sealed and polished for a lasting result.
How to prevent cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily to prevent cavities from forming between teeth
- Maintain a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and limit sugary snacks and soda
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional teeth cleanings and exams
Each person may experience different tooth cavity symptoms. There may be no symptoms in the early stages of tooth cavity formation. A dentist, however, is likely to see signs of early tooth decay and help to prevent the cavity from forming or getting worse.
As the tooth cavity gets larger, you may experience symptoms such as toothache, tooth sensitivity, pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages, visible holes in teeth, or pus around the tooth and gums.
Inlays & Onlays
For larger areas or when replacing old or damaged fillings, we recommend inlays and onlays for the best result. Also known as “partial crowns,” these restorations may require a couple of visits to our Knoxville dentist office. Using high-quality ceramic materials, Dr. Cain will restore your tooth to strengthen it and prevent future damage or even loss.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Visit East Tennessee Periodontics in Knoxville, TN for preventative dental care, advanced restorative treatments, and more. Call us at (865) 276-7173 or request an appointment online today.