Tooth decay is a leading health epidemic in children and adults.
Dental fillings are the most common treatment for tooth decay for both children and adult patients. Caught early, tooth decay can be conservatively treated using tooth-colored dental fillings. Dental fillings allow Dr. Jose Gil to save as much of the tooth structure as possible supporting better long-term oral health.
Fillings are a routine dental procedure used to restore the health and structure of a decayed tooth. Traditional metal fillings and cosmetic white dental fillings are both effective solutions for minor to moderate tooth decay. More advanced decay that has compromised the structure of the tooth may require more extensive treatment.
Preventing Tooth Decay
A lack of good oral hygiene most commonly causes tooth decay. Patients who eat a diet high in sugar are also more likely to experience higher rates of tooth decay. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist on a biannual basis are key parts of good oral hygiene. Professional teeth cleanings and good at-home oral hygiene can keep your family’s teeth cavity-free. In addition, visiting the dentist every six months can prevent decay from spreading and causing structural damage.
Dr. Gil will remove all damaged tissue from the diseased tooth. Then, he thoroughly cleans and prepares the tooth for the filling material. Next, he injects the filling into the tooth, seals the tooth, and then polishes the tooth for a natural shine.
A dental filling should last for many years with proper oral hygiene. Fillings seal out future decay and protect the treated tooth from additional damage.
If patients have more advanced decay, Hamilton Dental Designs offers inlays & onlays, tooth extractions, and root canals, all from the comfort of our Macungie, PA, area dentist office. In addition, Dr. Gil will present all treatment options to his patients to make informed decisions about their oral health care.