There are times when your Ankeny, IA dentist will have to recommend treatment for a problem after evaluating you in the course of a routine exam. The good news is that when cavities are found in their early stages, they can be treated through more conservative means. After decayed tissues are removed, we can follow your initial care with a dental filling that will cover the affected area but leave the surrounding tooth structure intact. We can determine what kind of filling is best suited to your treatment; the decision will take into account the need for functional support as well as the importance of preserving your appearance. We can balance these considerations because we are able to provide care with both amalgam and lifelike restorations.
Why A Dental Filling Is Needed To Protect Your Tooth After Cavity Treatment
When a cavity is caught in time, the harm to your tooth structure is minimized. However, that does not mean you will have no damage at all to worry over. Unfortunately, even when the problem is addressed early, a cavity will cause irreversible harm. Through the placement of dental fillings, we can address this damage while leaving your surrounding tooth structure unchanged. Both amalgam metal and composite resin materials are used to make these restorations. The one we choose will be influenced by which tooth is being treated, as this influences how much bite pressure needs to be absorbed as well as what kind of effect your restoration will have on your appearance.
We Can Determine If An Amalgam Or Lifelike Filling Is Appropriate For You
By evaluating and treating your cavity, we will gather important information about how you should ultimately be treated. Our teeth have different responsibilities, with our molars and premolars tasked with absorbing more bite pressure. Because they have more work to do, and because they are difficult to see, it can be beneficial to have them restored with amalgam metal fillings that boast better durability, as they can experience greater demands in terms of pressure. If you need work done on a front tooth, we can provide it in the form of a filling made with a lifelike resin substance that can imitate the color and texture of enamel well enough to go unnoticed.
Why Some Cavities Require Crowns
Not everyone who has a cavity receives a dental filling—larger restorations need to be treated with dental crowns to remain safe from complications. A crown will be carefully placed over the tooth to provide coverage and support through the years. Crowns are made to last, which means they can have long-term support that lets you keep a vulnerable tooth long after your procedure.
Talk To Your Ankeny, IA Dentist About Treatment For Your Cavity
By effectively treating your cavity, we can address the permanent damage caused by decay while taking care to maintain your bite function and appearance. If you would like to find out more, reach out to Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230 to schedule a visit.