Posts for: March, 2018

By Peter Brusco DMD
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out more about dental fillings and how they work.fillings

We know that dealing with a cavity can be frustrating, but it isn’t the end of the world. In fact, most people will face a cavity at some point during their lifetime. It’s just important that you have our Kinnelon, NJ, dentist, Dr. Peter Brusco, by your side to provide you with the care you need to get your oral health back on track.

If tooth decay is left ignored or doesn’t get treated it will continue to get worse, damaging the tooth and leading to a cavity. Decay can attack the outermost layer, known as the enamel, as well as the dentin layer (which is the layer underneath).

There are many reasons why decay occurs. In most cases, the foods and drinks we consume can be to blame. If you are someone who regularly enjoys sugary drinks and snacks or white starches then you may be about to get some bad news: these foods are increasing your chances of developing a cavity.

While some people may experience a toothache or notice a dark spot on their tooth not everyone will experience symptoms of a cavity. Because of this, it is important that you visit your Kinnelon family dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. It’s during these exams that we can detect cavities and put a stop to them before they cause serious havoc.

In order to stop the spread of decay, we will need to remove it as soon as possible. To do that, we will drill away the decay from the tooth and then fill it. Before we begin drilling we will numb the area first with a local anesthetic. Once your mouth is numb we will carefully remove the decay. Once removed, the next and final step is to place the dental filling.

A dental filling is made from a tooth-colored material (also known as composite resin). This material is first matched to the color of your tooth so that it blends in. From there, this moldable resin is applied in thin layers over the holes of the tooth. We will shape and contour the material until it completely covers these holes. Each layer is then hardened permanently into place using a dental laser. Getting a dental filling is the best way to restore a tooth’s strength and durability after decay.

Do you have questions about dental fillings? Need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Then it’s time you called our Kinnelon, NJ, dental office to schedule an appointment with us. You’ll be glad you did.

Kinnelon, NJ Dentist
Peter Brusco DMD
170 Kinnelon Rd # 29A
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
(973) 838-5862
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