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By Stonebridge Ranch Smiles
April 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dealing with a cavity? Find out how our McKinney, TX, family dentist can help.fillings

A cavity is a common dental problem that our McKinney, TX, dentist Dr. Kenneth Sharp can help with. While cavities can be prevented with proper oral hygiene, most adults at some point during their lifetime will develop a cavity. If this has happened to you, do not worry. We offer a simple way to restore your tooth after your cavity and your tooth will look good as new.

How is a cavity restored?

You can’t just leave unsightly and damaging holes in your teeth, as this can continue to weaken the tooth over time. This is why it’s necessary for all teeth that have had cavities to be rebuilt and restored.

What is a dental filling?

A filling, as you might imagine, is the material used to restore a tooth and to strengthen it after decay. While dental fillings can be made from different kinds of materials, our McKinney, TX, restorative dentist can provide a dental restoration that is as natural looking as possible so no one will ever know that you have a filling. This is why we use tooth-colored dental fillings to revive your smile.

What are the benefits of getting a tooth-colored filling?

As you might imagine, the most obvious benefit to getting a tooth-colored filling is that it will blend in with the rest of your tooth so no one will ever be able to tell that you have a filling. We believe that everyone should feel confident in their smiles and appearance and that’s why we focus on providing the most realistic restorations in McKinney, TX. Furthermore, the composite resin material we use is even matched to the shade of your tooth before it is applied.

As we mentioned above, after the decayed enamel has been removed the tooth isn’t as strong as it was when it was whole. By placing the filling our goal is to also rebuild and re-strengthen the tooth to prevent further damage and to improve its resiliency and how it functions. This is by far the most important part of getting a dental filling.

Furthermore, back in the day when metal fillings were the norm, they required a lot of tooth enamel to be removed in order to make room for the filling. This often meant removing some healthy enamel too. Luckily, composite resin fillings are thinner and moldable, so we don’t have to remove as much enamel from your teeth before placing the filling, which means a stronger natural tooth for the long run.

If you are concerned that you might be dealing with a cavity, or if you have questions about the dental services we offer here in McKinney, TX, don’t hesitate to reach out to Stonebridge Ranch Smiles today for the care you need. 

When most people think of root canals, they cringe because they think that the procedure is extremely painful. The truth is that a root canal procedure is really no more painful than having a cavity filled. The techniques used during root canal, along with the pain reduction options offered by most dentists, make a root canal a fairly pain-free and routine procedure.

What exactly is a root canal? The procedure removes the nerve and internal pulp of an infected or badly decayed tooth. Root canals are typically performed if the decay within a tooth becomes severe enough to cause damage to the pulp of the tooth or the nerve or there is an infection deep within the tooth, or abscess. The infection or abscess is the result of decay within the tooth that breaks down and forms bacteria. Once the nerve and pulp is removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned up and then sealed.

When a root canal procedure is recommended, the first thing that needs to be done is to take an x-ray so that the nerve, pulp and surrounding area can be clearly seen by the dentist. Once that is completed and the dentist knows the extent of the damage and what needs to be removed, the patient can undergo the root canal procedure. A local anesthetic is typically administered to avoid any pain during the procedure. A rubber dam is then placed around the tooth to keep it dry while the procedure is performed.

During the procedure, the root and pulp of the tooth is removed and then the interior of the tooth is cleaned out using root canal files. None of this hurts because an anesthetic has been administered. The tooth is then sealed. If the area of decay was extensive, it may be recommended that further restorative treatments be performed at a later time to keep the tooth strong and to avoid any future problems.

One of the reasons that root canals have gotten such a reputation for being so painful is due to the fact that there is typically a great deal of pain experienced in a tooth prior to the procedure, which is the reason the root canal is needed in the first place. The procedure itself should be relatively pain-free and patients should experience little or no discomfort following a root canal treatment.