Dental Fillings in Nashville, TN
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems we treat here at our Nashville, TN, practice. Decay can happen to anyone, from young children to seniors. The most important thing is that you have a team of dental professionals that can restore your smile when cavities wreak havoc. Our dentists Dr. Holliday here at Brentwood Dental Arts are just the dentists for the job!
Causes of a Cavity
Your mouth contains bacteria that feed off certain foods like sugary and starchy treats that then produce an acid that damages and wears away tooth enamel. If you don’t properly brush away this sticky plaque layer then the bacteria causes small holes in your teeth known as decay or cavities. When a cavity occurs the only way to treat it is to get a dental filling from our dental team.
Signs of a Cavity
When decay starts to damage tooth enamel, eventually you’re going to know it. One of the most common signs of a cavity is a toothache. The pain may be severe and persistent or may only be minor and only occur when biting down or chewing; however, any kind of dental pain should be evaluated by our dental team as soon as possible. After all, while bones may heal themselves with the proper care and rest, teeth cannot. When cavities set in, it’s up to our dental team to restore your smile with dental fillings. Along with dental pain, other signs of a cavity include:
Esthetic Dental Fillings at Brentwood Dental Arts
The dental fillings that we offer at our practice are as much cosmetic as they are restorative, which means that we offer resin and tooth-colored materials to ensure that you get a dental restoration that blends right in with your tooth.
Placing a Dental Filling
Our goal for any treatment is to make sure that you are comfortable the entire time. This means local anesthesia will be administered to eliminate any potential discomfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect we will drill away the decay until it is fully removed. Next, we will choose the shade of composite resin that most closely matches your tooth before filling the tooth layer by layer, using a dental laser to harden each layer. Once the last layer is hardened to the tooth we will give your filling one last check and smooth down any areas that may be a bit rough before polishing the tooth.
Brentwood Dental Arts is Nashville, TN’s leading dental provider, offering everything from cosmetic and restorative dentistry to preventive dental care. If you think you have a cavity, or if you simply need to schedule your next six-month cleaning, call us today at (615) 331-0402.