In our practice here, we're essentially metal-free. We do not place metal fillings. We incorporate a lot of technology to make the cavity filling experience a comfortable one. We use (Viberjet 00:15), which helps in delivering the anesthetic, and makes the shot a little bit more comfortable. We also use the laser to allow us to do many fillings without having to give any shots.
When consuming foods and drinks that contain carbohydrates, debris can get trapped in between your teeth and work together with bacteria to form plaque. When plaque is left on your teeth, your enamel under the plaque will begin to decay and form a cavity. Cavities are one of the most common problems that teeth are inflicted with, and they are repaired by placing fillings in the affected teeth. At Fox Family Dentistry, Drs. Lawrence and Erik Fox and our staff are experienced in tooth fillings cavities. If you live near Burke, VA, and think you may have a cavity, you should make an appointment with us!
How We Fill Cavities In Burke, VA
The types of fillings we do now are composite resin type fillings. Many years ago the only choice we had was silver mercury amalgums and we've long since stopped doing those. Back in the late 1980's the tooth colored fillings came available along with the bonding and so forth. I was one of the first to be able to experiment with those. Another type of filling similar to that is called an onlay, it's similar to a crown and a filling, it's kind of a cross between the two of them that works really well. Sometimes a tooth might be broken down such that a filling is really not appropriate and you're asking the filling to do too much, but yet a crown is an overkill because you might be cutting down tooth much healthy tooth structure.
An onlay is a situation where we take out the old filling or the decay, that leaves a little hole in the tooth. We take an impression of the hole, send it to the lab, the lab sends us back a porcelain piece. It drops right into place just like a puzzle piece. We bone it inside the tooth and it locks the cusps together so it gives it some of the strength of a crown, but yet it has the conservativeness of a filling. Patients love it. They look beautiful and last for many, many years and costwise it's less expensive than a crown too. We do the patient a good service by keeping the cost down and giving them something that strong, looks good and lasts a long time.
Drs. Fox take pride in making their practice metal-free when it comes to fillings. The main reason that we reject using metal fillings, specifically amalgam fillings, is because they contain materials, such as mercury, that can be harmful. We also offer only metal-free tooth fillings because amalgam fillings have been surpassed technologically. They have been used for approximately 150 years to fill teeth and at Fox Family Dentistry, we think that you shouldn’t be able to easily see fillings when they are placed in your teeth. This is a downside to amalgam fillings: you can see the metal within the filled teeth, which can affect the appearance of the teeth.
In going away from amalgam fillings, we discovered that the best option for you is composite tooth-colored fillings. Not only are they an excellent choice for people who want their fillings to look like their natural teeth, but they can also withstand the pressure that is applied when biting down on food. If you want to maintain your bright, white smile but need to have a cavity repaired either in the front of your mouth or the back, a composite tooth-colored fillings will almost always be your most logical choice.
How Do You Know If You Have A Cavity?
A cavity can be found in its early stages by Drs. Fox or our staff when you come in for your dental cleaning and exam every six months. They will probe your mouth and if there is a cavity, they will find it by looking for soft spots in your teeth. This is yet another reason why coming into Fox Family Dentistry for a dental cleaning and exam is so important.
If you haven’t paid us a visit in a while and you begin to suffer from localized pain in a certain tooth, you may have a cavity that has progressed beyond the early stages. You might also detect a cavity by irregular sensitivity in a certain tooth when eating or drinking something that is hot, cold, or sweet.
How To Prevent Yourself From Ever Getting A Cavity
It is fairly simple to make sure that you never get a cavity. Doing this involves brushing and flossing regularly. Being diligent in keeping your teeth clean may seem like a hassle at the time, but you’ll be happy to find out that you have no cavities at your next dental checkup.
If you think you may have a cavity or you haven’t had a dental checkup in a while, call Fox Family Dentistry at 703-260-1677, or make a tooth-colored fillings Burke, VA area appointment through our online contact form.