The Prescription for Tooth Decay Restoration
Long-term exposure to plaque, tartar, and acids, or injury, can cause a pit to develop on the surface of a tooth. When caught early, Dr. Sohl can repair small cavities and damage with a white, composite resin filling. Composed of materials that mimic natural tooth enamel, a composite filling restores shape and structure to a damaged tooth. The direct restoration can be completed in a single visit.
To prepare a tooth for a dental filling, Dr. Sohl will remove decay and bacteria from the tooth’s surface, then thoroughly dry the area. He will tint a small amount of liquid composite resin to match the enamel on your affected tooth. The resin is placed directly onto the cavity, then hardened with a soft curing light. Dr. Sohl will assess how the new filling fits with opposing teeth, then make adjustments if necessary.
If your tooth would not be sufficiently restored with a filling, the dentist will suggest an inlay, onlay, or crown – or, in severe cases, a root canal or extraction.