Tooth cavities are largely preventable when proper dental hygiene is practiced, but some people are simply more prone to tooth decay, and cavities affect about one third of the population at some point in life.
Left unaddressed, cavities can lead to bad breath, infection, and eventual loss of the tooth. Early treatment and correction of cavities protects the affected teeth from further decay, and prevents the spread of decay to healthy teeth. Infinite Dental Wellness stays up to date with all the latest industry developments to offer the easiest and most reliable solutions for treating your cavities.
Infinite Dental Wellness is a 100% mercury-free dental practice offering high quality, natural looking composite fillings. A few decades ago, silver-colored metal amalgam fillings were commonplace. However, many dentists began abandoning the use of amalgam fillings because every filling was about 50% mercury, a metal known to be toxic for human consumption and cause birth defects.
Because composite filling resin is so versatile, it can also be used to create dental inlays and onlays and repair chipped or cracked teeth, offering an alternative to much costlier, more invasive procedures with more desirable cosmetic results.
Natural-Looking Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are created from synthetic resins that actually bond to the surface of the tooth, strengthening and restoring its structural integrity and completely sealing the hole left after decayed areas are removed. Unlike metal amalgam fillings, the color and texture of finished composite fillings resembles the natural color and texture of human teeth, making them a more discreet, attractive option as well a a safer one. Still another benefit of composite fillings over of composite fillings over amalgam fillings is how comparably non-invasive composite fillings procedures are. Metal fillings can’t be sized and shaped to exactly fit the area being filled, so placing them required healthy tooth matter to be drilled away along with the decayed area. Composite fillings only require the decayed matter to be removed as the resin fills and seals the area as a liquid and then hardens into shape.
Inlay and Onlay Fillings
When decay or damage to a tooth is too advanced, fillings sometimes just aren’t enough. In cases like these, even the less invasive composite fillings are not enough to restore the structural integrity of the tooth. When this happens, the costly and time-consuming treatment of installing a dental crown is often recommended, but for teeth that are too damaged for fillings yet not completely ruined, there is a third option.
Dental inlays and overlays are special pieces custom made to fill a cavity completely (inlays) or cover the top biting surface of a tooth when it becomes damaged or worn (onlay). Inlays and onlays allow patients to replace large sections of damaged teeth without the expense and stress of putting in a crown. In just two appointments, your tooth is examined and fitted for the overlay or onlay and then corrected with this restorative process.
Root Canals & Abscess Treatment
The decay and bacteria of tooth cavities can sometimes spread to infect the root and pulp (interior matter) of the tooth. This is often treatable through the same procedures as any infection, but if the root is decayed or the infection is too advanced, a root canal is necessary. In this procedure, the exterior of your tooth is left intact while the root and pulp are removed. After removing the diseased tissue, the inside of your tooth will be sterilized with a laser to kill any remaining infection and allow your gums and bone to heal.
An abscess occurs when bacteria infects the pulp chamber inside your tooth, and is a telltale sign of a seriously infected tooth that will most likely require a root canal. This is a serious matter, but an abscessed tooth can still be saved if you get treatment in time. If you are experiencing tooth pain that includes swollen gums, swelling in your face or jaw, or a sensation of heat, you may have an abscess and should seek dental care immediately.