Choosing The Right Filling For Treatment

The unfortunate truth is that when a cavity forms, your tooth suffers irreversible damage. This does not mean that there is nothing we can do to restore its health and appearance when this happens. With the right restoration, we can make sure you have no lingering problems with your oral health, and that you can still enjoy bite support from the tooth in question. Our Ankeny, IA dentist’s office provides different options for fully restoring a tooth. When you need a dental filling, we can determine if you will be better served by an amalgam metal filling, or one that is made from a lifelike composite resin substance. If you need more support, we can provide a durable dental crown instead. 

What Role Does A Filling Play In Completing Your Cavity Treatment?

To complete your cavity treatment, Dr. Foust will both remove infected tissues and bacteria and place a permanent restoration to keep your tooth safe. A filling or crown needs to be placed because you will not recover from the damage caused by a cavity on your own. Without the right support, the decay leaves a person vulnerable to physical damage and troubles with future infections. When restorative dental work is performed in time, we can place a conservative dental filling that only covers the problem area. This preserves the surrounding structure so that you will not have to worry about the tooth’s health. Depending on the tooth’s location and the pressure it absorbs when you bite and chew, we will determine if you are better served by a metal or resin filling.

Choosing An Amalgam Or Composite Resin Filling

We provide different types of dental fillings so that we can provide care that is better tailored to your needs. If you undergo work on one of your back teeth, like your molars, we can use metal to provide additional bite support. However, if you need work done on one of your front teeth, the lifelike appearance of composite resin can be more appropriate. In both cases, you can expect lasting strength and stability to preserve your dental well-being.

Why Cavity Treatment Sometimes Requires A Dental Crown

There are times when decay is just too severe for a filling to serve you. In these situations, we do provide dental crowns. A crown covers your tooth above your gum line to keep it safe from harm. We perform careful preparatory work to make space for the restoration, which is designed to fit your specific tooth without interfering with its neighbors.

Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Cavity Treatment With A Custom Filling

When we tend to a patient’s cavity, we take care to fully remove decayed tissues and properly restore the tooth. To provide the right kind of protection, we can use either an amalgam metal filling, or one made from composite resin to imitate your enamel. Any time someone comes to us for care, we will work to make sure their tooth remains safe and secure. To find out more about how we can help you when you need cavity treatment, please contact Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.