Whenever you hear people talking about good dental health and proper hygiene, you no doubt hear it mentioned that people should brush their teeth at least twice a day (and ideally after every meal) and that they should floss daily as well. The reason that it is important that people do this is to ensure that cavities do not form. If you do have a cavity, however, treatment options for that are generally straightforward and remarkably effective.
Dealing with Tooth Decay
When you visit the Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, he will determine the best option for treating your tooth decay. This will involve the latest diagnostic techniques and dental procedures to ensure that your smile will be healthy and look great. We’d like to take a moment right now to look at the basic dental care process for placing a dental filling. As you will see, the process is rather simple and effective.
A Full Diagnostic Check
What first needs to be done is a diagnostic check of your teeth. This is performed in order to examine your overall dental health and to assess whether or not a dental filling would be best for your needs. If the level of tooth decay is more advanced, another option will need to be considered. For example, more substantial tooth decay that has spread to more of a tooth’s structure would probably be best dealt with using an inlay or an onlay. These dental restorations function much like dental fillings but take up more surface area. For severe tooth decay or tooth damage, Knoxville dental crowns are a sure option. Dental crowns are caps that fit right over the top of a tooth that is damaged, protecting it from further decay or potential harm.
Prepping the Tooth
If you would best be helped with dental fillings, the next step in the process will be preparing the tooth for the dental filling. What this essentially means is the removal of unhealthy tooth structure. It’s important to do this to ensure the overall health and structural soundness of a tooth. We will do our best to ensure that you maintain as much natural tooth structure as possible during this preparation process since that is best for lasting dental health.
Setting the Filling
Once the tooth is prepped for the dental filling, the filling can then be placed. The filling is made of a dental ceramic material that is applied with other layers of prepping material to ensure a good hold and solid bond with the tooth structure. We prefer to use ceramic dental fillings rather than the metal fillings of the past. For one, the composite dental fillings look much better than metal fillings when they are in place since the composite tooth fillings are the same color of your natural teeth. In addition, the composite fillings will not warp or change size slightly due to fluctuations in temperature. There are other matters to consider, but these two issues themselves ought to be compelling enough to justify our decision.
To learn more about expert dental care and dental treatments, contact our Knoxville cosmetic dentistry practice today.