Dental Fillings in Jupiter, FL
Cavities are a concern for adults, teenagers and children alike. If you have a cavity, a dental filling will remove the decay and protect the healthy part of your tooth. Smiles Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida, led by Sharada Kacham, DDS, offers dental fillings for patients of all ages who live in West Palm Beach and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach County
What are Dental Fillings?
Plaque is a substance that develops when saliva, food, bacteria and acid combine. When you leave plaque on your teeth, it will penetrate the enamel and damage the internal dentin. Having a cavity means that you could develop severe tooth decay and even gum disease.
Dental Fillings Benefits and Treatment Options
When you have a dental filling, Dr. Kacham removes the damaged dentin and enamel. This process leaves a small hole in the tooth, which is filled with a special material that seals and protects the tooth. Cavities can form on any part of your tooth, but the most common area that develops cavities is the chewing surface.
Why are Dental Fillings Necessary?
Plaque is an acidic substance that slowly erodes the enamel of a tooth and destroys the soft dentin inside. Without treatment, your cavity will get larger and damage more of your tooth. Dental fillings are sealants that provide permanent protection against further damage or decay.
What is the Procedure for Dental Fillings?
A local anesthesia is used to numb your mouth. The anesthesia is administered by making several injections in the nerves around the tooth. Dr. Kacham uses a special tool to remove the decayed enamel and dentin. She then fills the cavity with a special material, such as:
- Silver amalgam
- Composite fillings that match the natural color of your tooth
Patients who are concerned with the appearance of their teeth often opt for composite fillings; however, these types of fillings may not be covered by dental insurance.
Preparing for Dental Fillings
Cavities are found during a dental examination through manual inspection and x-rays. If Dr. Kacham determines that you have a cavity, she will explain the procedure for a dental filling, as well as the types of materials that may be used to seal the tooth.
Recovery from Dental Fillings
Your mouth may be numb for several hours after your dental filling. You should exercise caution when chewing your food because you may inadvertently bite your cheek or tongue. Dr. Kacham will provide you with instructions on how to properly brush and floss your teeth to prevent future cavities.
How Much Do Dental Fillings Cost in Jupiter?
Dental insurance does cover amalgam dental fillings, but may not cover composite fillings. After your consultation, we will provide a detailed cost of your dental fillings including any portion paid by insurance. Your out-of-pocket expenses can be paid by cash, personal check, credit card or CareCredit®, a leading lender of dental financing.
Are Dental Fillings Right for Me?
If you have a cavity, we recommend that you have it treated with a dental filling. This procedure removes damage and prevents the plaque from spreading to other areas of the teeth and gums.
Cavities are common amongst children, teenagers, and adults. Dental fillings treat cavities by removing the damaged dentin and enamel and sealing the hole caused by the cavity. You will also receive professional guidance on how to prevent cavities in the future. If you live in Palm Beach County, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach, and want high-quality dental care for your cavity, contact us to schedule a consultation with Sharada Kacham, DDS.