Fillings and Restorative Dentistry
For over half a decade, the Wohrman Dental Group has been providing superior dental care in the Memphis, Tennessee area. We’re proud to be able to offer up a comprehensive listing of services that cater to dental needs of all types.
From general dentistry and preventative care to cosmetic and emergency services, those who come to us are sure to leave with a brighter smile. While surface-level cleaning is important, sometimes the solution to dental issues begins deeper within the tooth itself. That’s where our restorative dentistry expertise comes into play.
Where do cavities come from?
Sometimes, cavities develop in our teeth. When the cavities are small, we can fix them with tooth colored fillings called composite restorations. Composite filling material comes in many different colors and shades, allowing us to place fillings that blend seamlessly into your natural teeth!
Cavities are formed by a type of bacteria that naturally occurs in everybody's mouth. These bacteria, or "Sugar Bugs", grown and produce acidic by products in the presence of sugars that we love to eat. Sugars are in many types of food and drinks: candy, sweets, soft drinks, carbohydrates, bread, ect. These cavity causing bacteria use the sugars in our food to produce an acidic by product that eats away and erodes the protective outer covering of our teeth called enamel. Underneath the layer of enamel is a different material of tooth called dentin. Dentin is a more porous and softer material. Dentin is cavity food. When the bacteria erodes through the protective enamel and enters the softer dentin, the cavities rapidly spread and get bigger! Once the cavities enter the dentin, we need to place a filling.
Taking Care of Your Smile One Composite Filling at a Time
Cavities aren’t uncommon, but the vast majority of those suffering from them are hesitant to seek a remedy. Unfortunately, ignoring cavities altogether can lead to some painful results over the long term.
It’s estimated that upwards of 90% of adults living in the United States are dealing with cavities. Ultimately, only a fraction of that group seeks the proper dental care required to fix the problem.
If left untreated, cavities can quickly multiply across teeth, eventually reaching the nerve level and causing serious discomfort. As tooth decay progresses through these problematic areas, untreated cavities may eventually even require more invasive solutions such as root canals or even extractions.
Before these more invasive procedures are ever necessary, having composite fillings placed is a simple and complete solution to treating cavities. Composite dental fillings can help patients maintain superior dental hygiene standards while also keeping smiles at their best.
At Wohrman Dental, we’ve long been dedicated to helping patients regain the smile and comfort they deserve by providing composite fillings that look and feel great. When you’re in need of composite fillings in Memphis, we’re always here to help.
Many Reasons for Having Composite Fillings Placed
Teeth are as unique as the individuals they belong to. At our restorative dentistry practice in Memphis, we understand that the reasons composite fillings may be needed are just as versatile.
Tooth decay from cavities is one of the most common reasons composite fillings are required, however, the bacteria that cause cavities can also contribute to other conditions that may benefit from composite fillings. These include treating teeth that are worn down, broken or chipped.
Patients also find that composite fillings are beneficial when it comes to closing space that exists between two teeth. In this scenario, our tooth-colored dental fillings can provide just the right results.
Recognizing Signs Composite Fillings Might be Needed
Seeking out restorative dentistry in Memphis at the Wohrman Dental Group often comes with one or more symptoms that indicate a need or composite fillings. While many patients come in with a toothache, others experience more severe pain when biting.
Other signs that may indicate it’s time for a composite filling could be an increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods, or pain while eating and drinking. Bad breath, tooth discoloration, or noticeable holes and pits within the teeth are also recognizable signs that it’s time for restorative dental care.
The Process of Filling a Cavity with Composite Fillings
Patients who require composite fillings in Memphis will find the process used at the Wohrman Dental Group to be simple, stress-free, and straightforward. Before fillings are set, it’s necessary for pre-existing tooth decay to be removed.
A local anesthetic is applied to the treatment site before debris removal and cleaning begins. This step ensures a comfortable experience for the patient from start to finish.
Once the tooth is cleaned out, a bonding serum is applied, and composite filling is subsequently added in smooth layers. As the filling is inserted into the tooth, it’s hardened and cured by specialized light to create a durability that mimics natural teeth. Finally, the filling is smoothed to restore the tooth to its natural shape.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings come with a long list of benefits beyond the fact that they are a healthy solution to removing cavities. Many patients that elect our tooth-colored dental fillings find that they are more aesthetically pleasing than an amalgam filling. Composite fillings also come with the health benefit of remaining free of mercury, unlike amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings are known for providing great durability for teeth that have been weakened over time by decay and offer a solution to chipped and broken teeth. Overall, the composite filling process requires less tooth removal time before filling, creating a more efficient and timely experience for patients.
How to Decrease the Likelihood of Cavities and the Need for Composite Fillings
The restorative dental services available at the Wohrman Dental Group in Memphis provide unsurpassed peace of mind to our patients. That being said, there are plenty of steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of developing cavities or needing composite fillings at all.
We encourage our patients to commit to brushing their teeth twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste that protects teeth and reduces bacteria growth. Daily flossing is also an important step in reducing cavities while eating a balanced diet has also been shown to promote healthier teeth. Above all, make sure to visit the dentist regularly so potential cavities are caught early on.
What Can I Expect at my Visit for a Composite Filling at Wohrman Dental?
At the Wohrman Dental Group, our experienced and compassionate staff are always here to help make patients feel safe and comfortable at each and every visit. Our team is on-hand to educate patients on the composite filling process before undergoing the procedure. This information helps reduce any nervousness related to having cavities remedied in our clinic.
Our highly trained staff is passionate about what they do and is here to answer questions related to how cavities form and the best routes to preventing them. When patients come to the Wohrman Dental Group for composite fillings, they can expect excellent results at the hands of highly trained professionals who care.
A Comprehensive Dental Care Destination
At the Wohrman Dental Group, we believe in the power of a smile and have the experience and dedicated team to help all of our patients put their best face forward. Whether you need cosmetic dentistry, general dentistry, or restorative care solutions, we’ve got the answers you’ve been looking for.