How dental fillings are used to restore a decayed tooth

General and restorative dentistry services such as dental fillings are often performed at Gentle Dentistry of Columbus in Columbus, Georgia, for patients who need to address areas of tooth decay. Tooth decay, also called cavities, requires fillings to restore the natural tooth and keep the area of decay from becoming larger or deeper. Composite teeth fillings, or “white fillings,” are often used at our facility.

What are dental fillings, and what can they achieve?

Dental fillings are used to restore decayed teeth and prevent further damage. If a cavity is found and is not immediately treated, patients risk experiencing larger cavities and even risk infection of the inside of the tooth–resulting in the need for procedures such as root canal therapy. At Gentle Dentistry of Columbus, we encourage patients to ask about dental fillings and choose the solution for their unique needs.

What can I expect when getting a cavity filled by Dr. Devon Paris?

The process involves removing the decay from the tooth’s structure and then filling the resulting cavity with a composite resin or porcelain material. During this procedure, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the affected area to minimize any discomfort during treatment. Afterward, your dentist will check for the proper fit and shape of the filling before securely bonding it in place with a special light. With proper care, dental fillings can last for many years but may need replacing if worn down or damaged over time. Regular visits to your dentist can ensure that any problems with your fillings are identified and addressed quickly.

How do I learn more about dental fillings?

If you are interested in learning more about whether or not you need white fillings to treat cavities, start with an evaluation with Drs. Devon Paris and Laura Watterson of Gentle Dentistry of Columbus. Call (706) 321-4330 to request a visit to our office at 500 Brookstone Centre Pkwy Bldg 300. We serve patients in the surrounding communities of Hamilton, Smiths Station, Manchester, Fortson, LaGrange, and Phoenix City.