Only a dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. During your checkup, we will use a small mirror and an intra-oral camera to examine each tooth. Anything that looks abnormal will need to be checked closely. We may need to take an X-ray to determine the extent and exact location of the cavity and decay.
If has been determined by your dentist that a filling is needed to repair a cavity, there are a variety of different materials that can be used for filling teeth. Based on your medical history, location of the cavity, esthetic needs, cost, and your preference, we will decide which option is the best for you. These options include direct composite bonding, gold or ceramic inlays/onlays created in our dental laboratory, using CAD/CAM equipment.
The average life of a filling is about 7-12 years. It is important to visit your dentist regularly so that your fillings can be examined. Between dental check-ups it is also important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent decay from occurring under the filling. If you have many fillings or very large fillings, your dentist may prescribe a fluoride gel you can use at home. You can also use rinses that lower the acid level of your mouth. A lower acid level reduces decay-causing bacteria. This can lead to fewer cavities and dental fillings in the future
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