One of the most effective ways to treat cavities is by filling them. In Littleton, Colorado, at Dutch Creek Dental, Mike Itoafa, DMD, understands the importance of filling small cavities before they become too large. If you think you may have a cavity, contact Dr. Itoafa so he can repair the damage with a tooth filling before infection sets in. To discuss your tooth filling options, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
A cavity occurs when poor brushing habits and excess sugar allow bacteria in your mouth to thrive. When this happens, the bacteria's acidic byproducts can break down the enamel on your teeth. When a small hole forms, it's called a cavity. If a cavity is left untreated, it can grow larger, cause infections or abscesses, and even lead to tooth loss.
Not all cavities will have symptoms, but you may experience:
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment for a filling right away.
Dr. Itoafa removes the decay and fills your cavity. By filling in the cavity, it stops the decay from spreading through the rest of your mouth and protects you from painful infections.
There are many types of fillings available with differences in price, appearance, and durability. The main types of fillings available include:
Gold fillings can last for up to 20 years, but can also cost the most and can take multiple visits to place. Amalgam fillings are more noticeable in your teeth but are the least expensive. Composite resin fillings can be color-matched to your natural teeth, but can also stain like your natural teeth. Porcelain fillings are color-matched to your teeth and are stain-resistant, but are created in a lab and can take extra time for the filling to be ready.
Before filling a cavity, Dr. Itoafa first needs to remove any decay from your tooth by drilling the decayed part out. After that, he begins filling the cavity with the kind of filling decided upon in your previous consultation.
Gold and porcelain fillings are custom made and require an impression. Amalgam and composite fillings get pushed into the cavity until it is filled entirely. Dr. Itoafa smoothes the edge of the filling until it blends with your natural tooth.
If you think you have a cavity or might need a filling replaced, call Dr. Itoafa Call Dr. Itoafa or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.