Repair Cavities and Prevent Further Decay
A filling is typically the easiest way to treat a cavity and save your tooth. Dr. Foust offers both silver amalgam, and tooth-colored fillings.
What to Expect When You Receive a Filling
To place a filling, Dr. Foust will reshape the inside of your tooth while removing bacteria and infected debris. She uses gentle techniques and effective local anesthesia, so your procedure will involve minimal discomfort. Before she places your filling, she will help you choose the right material for your needs. We offer two types of fillings:
- Silver amalgam: Amalgam is the traditional material for dental fillings. It is very strong and durable, but it may start to show through your teeth after several years.
- Tooth-colored composite: Composite resin will be carefully chosen to match the natural shade of your tooth. It also bonds more firmly with your natural tooth structure than silver amalgam. Newer forms of composite are nearly as strong as metal.
Why Are Fillings Necessary?
No matter what material you choose, dental fillings have enormous benefits for your overall dental health. First, when a cavity is not treated, the decay and bacteria will continue to spread. It could eventually compromise your entire tooth, and even effect your nearby teeth and gum tissue. A filling could prevent the need for a more extensive procedure, such as a crown or even an extraction. Additionally, because a cavity weakens the outer structure, a filling can reinforce your tooth and restore dental functionality.
Are You a Candidate for a Dental Filling?
If you are suffering with a cavity, you may be a good candidate for a filling. Although some cavities are too large for fillings, in mild to moderate cases fillings are typically the optimal treatment. To find out if a filling is your best option, schedule a consultation by calling Dental Impressions at (515) 965-0230. Since 2006, Dr. Foust has proudly served the residents of Ankeny, IA, as well as residents from Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.