A dental filling is a restorative procedure that repairs teeth damaged by decay. In some cases we have seen in our Nashville area enamel loss can cause a tooth to become sensitive and dental filling material is needed to relieve the tooth. Tooth decay and cavities are quickly found during a routine dental appointment at our Nashville office. Once detected, your dentist will remove the decayed material, clean the affected area, then fill the cavity with a composite resin, an amalgam, or a porcelain/ceramic restoration.
On occasions when a filling is insufficient to repair tooth decay, a dental crown, implant, bridge, or root canal may be required. With regular check-ups your dentist can detect any problems early and prevent a more costly tooth filling procedure.
Preventing Dental Decay
In the past 65 years we have recommended many preventive measures that have helped to reduce dental cavities and prevent tooth fillings in our Nashville area. Preventing dental disease is easy if you follow these steps:
Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste Floss or use an interdental cleaner once a day Ask your dentist about dental sealants Limit eating and drinking between meals. Choose nutritious, sugar-free snacks. Visit your dentist regularly Eat a balanced diet Ask your Nashville dentist about supplemental fluoride treatment to prevent cavities and tooth fillings.