The first major dental procedure most people in the United States experience is the filling, and this is no exception at Mountain West Dental in Gillette, WY. The teeth are exposed to a variety of substances and situations that can cause the enamel of the teeth to wear down, including sugar, acid, plaque, and biting on hard surfaces.
Over time, these factors can create a cavity, which is a hole in the hard enamel that is meant to protect the interior soft pulp of the tooth. The most common solution is the insertion of a filling to create a new layer of defense and ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong for years to come.
A dental filling is a substance that is inserted into a cavity to protect the soft pulp and fill the hole in the enamel. While older fillings were often made of materials like amalgam (silver), more modern options use tooth-colored composite resin to create a seamless surface. Once done, no one will be able to tell you had a filling placed.
This is a common question we are asked. Because we prioritize patient comfort, we ensure that each filling is done with the utmost care and some localized anesthetic, so the process does not cause any pain. All patients will feel during the procedure is some slight pressure from the work of our dentist, and they will be able to hear the drill.
Here at Mountain West Dental in Gillette, WY, we focus on personalized treatment for our patients. In most cases, a patient who has a cavity will only require a simple filling. However, sometimes, there is severe damage to the internal or external structure of the tooth that could require more in-depth treatment, such as a root canal or the application of a crown.
Our dentist will work with you to create a treatment plan that works best for your oral health, schedule, and current budget. If more damage is discovered, we will do everything possible to ensure you maintain optimal oral health and wellness.