Dealing with a cavity? Find out how our Frederick and Urbana, MD, dentists will revive your smile.
Finding out you have a cavity is never fun; however, our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr Alex Sin Deuk Kim and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Steven Tigani are here to let you know what to expect if you have a cavity.
First thing’s first—a cavity can’t remain on your teeth, as the decay will just continue to grow until it continues to take over the entire tooth. This is why visiting your general dentist for routine checkups every six months is so very important since it’s usually during these visits that we are able to pinpoint a cavity. The sooner a cavity is treated the better for the health of your tooth.
In order to do this, the first step is to remove the decayed enamel. Don’t worry; while this might sound a little scary, we will apply a local anesthetic to the area to numb it prior to starting. You won’t feel anything while the cavity is being removed. Now that the decay is gone, we can’t just leave the tooth. It needs to be rebuilt and restored, right?
This is where a cosmetic filling, or dental filling, comes in. Just as the name implies, this tooth-colored material is used to fill the holes in the tooth where decayed enamel once was to restore the tooth’s appearance and strength. After all, a cavity of any size can affect the strength and function of a tooth. Our goal is to make sure your tooth is as strong and resilient as possible.
The filling is made from a tooth-colored dental resin, which is first matched to the color of your tooth before it is applied. The resin is similar to putty, so it is easily moldable and shaped over the holes of your tooth to rebuild them. The resin is applied in thin layers. After each layer is applied, we harden it over the tooth with a UV light applied from a special tool called a curing light before applying the next layer. Once the tooth is fully restored, we will give it a polish so that it boasts a beautiful, radiant sheen. And, just like that, your tooth is like new again.
Whether you have questions about the dental services we provide or you are looking for a family dentist in Frederick and Urbana, MD, our team here at Pearlfection Dentistry is here to serve you. We are conveniently located just 45 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore. We welcome patients from all over Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, to make sure everyone gets the oral care they deserve.