If you lose a tooth, we recommend replacing it as soon as possible. The longer you go without replacing the tooth, the more serious the side effects get. We offer various tooth replacement options at our Greer, SC, dentist office.
We want to help prevent cavities from happening, even if you’ve had one before. Our office dedicates itself to preventative care so that we don’t have to result to more invasive measures. We’ll talk to you about your diet, recommend oral healthcare products, and discuss the best ways to take care of oral health when you’re at home.
If you think you have a cavity, come into our office as soon as possible. Don’t let decay continue to get worse. If you leave a cavity alone, it continues to eat away at your tooth. This can lead to an abscess, painful infection in the pulp, or even tooth loss.
Typically, we treat cavities with dental fillings. Amalgam fillings with mercury in them used to be the common material for fillings. Now, most fillings are composite resin matching your teeth’ color. It’s more subtle and much less noticeable in your mouth. They also don’t come with the danger and toxicity of mercury in your mouth.
Before treatment, we use a local anesthetic to ensure you’re numb and will be comfortable throughout the procedure. We completely remove any infected material and thoroughly clean your tooth cavity. The dental filling material adheres to the tooth for a long-lasting solution. We ensure that the filling is hardened and set how it should be. You should be able to use this tooth like your natural tooth without pain.
For larger areas of decay, we may need to use an inlay or onlay. These are the step between a dental filling and a dental crown. Inlays fill in the hollow of your tooth, but they don’t impact the cusps. Onlays also take care of the cusps and are sometimes called partial crowns. They treat many things a crown can treat but are less invasive.