Cavities usually begin with a little dark spot on your tooth. You may not pay too much attention to this because it isn’t painful, but that’s where you will have fallen into its trap. Cavities are subtle but gradually grow into deeper pits that may lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss if treatment isn’t sought early.
Luckily, cavities are easily treatable using dental fillings. So, when you spot signs of cavities in El Dorado, please book an appointment with W Paul Burns DDS. We offer composite fillings to treat cavities and improve oral functionality protecting the tooth underneath from further damage.
If you have a tooth cavity too small for a crown or inlay, Dr. Paul Burns will recommend a cavity filling. The first step in the dental filling procedure is administering anesthesia to reduce discomfort. Next, we remove the decayed part of the tooth and use an acid gel to create an ideal surface for the composite resin material to bond.
We then fill the cavity with composite resin material layer by layer and use a special light to harden it. We reshape your composite filling and make necessary adjustments until your bite feels normal. Finally, we polish the filling to give it a shiny look.
A dental filling is a straightforward procedure — you don’t have to make any special transport arrangements in and out of the clinic. You can drive yourself home or to the office and go on with your everyday activities. However, avoid chewing or eating until the anesthesia wears off. Chewing can put you at risk of biting your tongue or cheeks.
For years, silver-colored (amalgam) fillings were the only option for treating cavities. However, because they harbor several innate shortcomings, it led to the invention of composite fillings. Dentists like Dr. Burns prefer composite fillings because they are:
Thanks to composite fillings, winning the battle against cavities has been made easy. If dental cavities are wreaking havoc on your oral health and you reside in El Dorado, Arkansas, or its environs, please dial (870) 686-4232 to book an appointment with W Paul Burns DDS for cavity treatment.