When the surface of a tooth becomes damaged from decay and bacteria, it eventually develops into a hole called a cavity. Depending on its severity and location, a cavity can cause painful symptoms and take away from your smile and confidence. Dental fillings allow us to close off the space where the bacteria enters and therefore prevent further decay. Fillings can also be used to strengthen a broken or cracked tooth, or one that has been worn down from excessive clenching or grinding. At LoPour & Associates DDS in Albuquerque, we restore teeth to their normal function and shape with dental fillings that are designed to blend in with your natural teeth and enhance the beauty of your smile!
Common Signs of a Cavity
The following are symptoms a patient may experience if they have mild to moderate decay or damage:
- Tooth pain or discomfort
- Sensitivity – especially to hot or cold foods
- Visible opening
- Discoloration of the tooth’s surface
How Our Albuquerque Dentist Enhances the Patient Experience
The staff at Lopour & Associates DDS are friendly, professional, and dedicated to providing our patients with a comfortable, luxury experience that goes beyond standard levels of care. When you visit us for a filling, we first begin by numbing the tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic, then prepare the area by removing any debris and bacteria. The cavity is then filled with a composite, tooth-colored material. Once filled and shaped to match the look and feel of the natural tooth, alterations are made to ensure it fits comfortably and securely in your bite. Lastly, a special light is used to harden the repaired surface and your tooth is then polished, leaving you with not only a beautiful smile but a healthy one!
Benefits of a Filling
A composite filling not only conserves your smile and teeth but makes them stronger and increases their longevity. Metal fillings made of amalgam gold or silver can crack or fracture a tooth as they expand with changes in temperature, whereas composite fillings remain the same shape and size. Additionally, composite fillings are easily camouflaged within your smile since they are tooth-colored and can be matched to the exact color of your surrounding teeth. They are the ideal choice for dental restoration that blends seamlessly with your smile!
If you have a cavity that needs filling or an existing amalgam you’d like to replace with a composite filling, visit LoPour & Associates in Albuquerque for expert dental treatments and care!