What is a filling?
Fillings are one of the most common procedures completed in a general dentistry practice. They are used to treat small to moderately sized cavities caused by tooth decay. Small to moderate cavities are usually painless, so you may not realize you have any unless you come to the dentist for a check-up examination. It is always best to fill cavities when they are small, to prevent further problems down the road. If not treated early, cavities usually increase in size and eventually lead to more involved treatment and even tooth loss. Detecting cavities as soon as possible after they develop, and having them filled right away, is the best way to prevent later problems.
What filling material do we use?
Dr. Petersen uses the most modern filling materials and bonding agents to create functional and esthetic fillings. These materials allow Dr. Petersen to remove only the minimal amount of tooth structure necessary to treat the decay. The filling will be the same color as your natural tooth and should not feel any different in your mouth.
How long do fillings last?
The longevity of a filling depends on many factors. The materials used along with the care and technique of the dentist are important factors. Dr. Petersen takes all necessary steps to ensure that your fillings meet the highest technical standards. Additionally, your diet and home oral hygiene care are critical to the longevity of any dental work. Dr. Petersen believes that a vital element to successful dental treatment is education, and he and his team will help you learn how to care for your mouth in a way that will enhance the stability of your dental work and prevent future dental problems.