Dental fillings in Atlanta

Dental Fillings In Atlanta

Treat Tooth Decay

If you have a cavity in Atlanta, the team at Goldstein Garber & Salama are here to help. Dental fillings are the best way to remove decayed material from your tooth, restore your oral health, and prevent further complications. Contact us online or call today at (404) 261-4941 to schedule a consultation and get the expert dental care you need in Atlanta.

What Are Dental Fillings?

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Dental fillings are the most common restorative dental treatment in the United States. It’s estimated that around 175 million fillings are placed each and every year. Both tooth-colored fillings and metal fillings are available. Tooth-colored fillings are made from a special type of dental composite resin mixed with crushed glass, and metal fillings are made from a mixture of metals including tin, copper, silver, and mercury.

Regardless of the type of filing, their purpose is the same. Fillings are used to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. In the filling process, your dentist will remove the decayed tooth material, then “fill” the tooth to restore its shape, size, and function.

The Dental Filling Process: What To Expect

Numbing and tooth prep –

To begin the filling process, your dentist at Goldstein Garber & Salama will clean your teeth and numb the treatment area. We also offer sedation dentistry in Atlanta, so you can choose to be sedated for your comfort, if you want. Once your mouth is numb, your dentist will use special dental tools to remove damaged, decayed material from your tooth and prepare it for your filling.

Healing & Aftercare

Next, your dentist will select the filling material that will be used to fill your tooth. Metal amalgam is a great choice for rear teeth, since it is strong and holds up well to the forces of biting and chewing. Tooth-colored fillings are usually used for highly-visible front teeth, since they provide better aesthetic results. Your dentist will place the filling material directly into the tooth, then adjust it and harden it to restore your tooth’s structure.

Final bite checks and adjustments

After your filling is in place, your Atlanta dentist will have you bite down on a special type of paper. This leaves a bite imprint. Your dentist will check this imprint and your filling to make sure it fits into your mouth properly, and make any necessary adjustments. Once your filling fits perfectly, your Atlanta dentist will polish your tooth one final time, then send you home to enjoy your newly-restored smile.

Dental fillings in Atlanta

What Issues Can Dental Fillings Treat?

Dental fillings are meant to treat tooth decay, also called “cavities.” Tooth decay happens when bacteria build up in your mouth and feed on food particles, then excrete acid as they digest these particles. Over time, this acid eats away at your tooth, causing a cavity.

With a filling, you can get treatment for cavities and restore your smile. Not only that, but fillings can help prevent further complications. If left untreated, tooth decay can eat all the way through the outer layers of your tooth, causing a tooth infection. 

Tooth infections require treatment with root canal therapy and a dental crown, which is a more costly, complex, and invasive process. By getting care early and restoring your tooth with a filling, you can avoid tooth infections and keep your smile healthy. 

Sedation Options

Laughing Gas Sedation

Laughing gas is a minimal method of sedation that will help you feel safe and comfortable during your implant procedure, and it wears off within 5 minutes, so you can drive yourself home and resume day-to-day activities.

Oral Conscious/IV Sedation

Oral conscious sedation and IV sedation use more powerful sedative drugs. You will feel sleepy and groggy, and you may forget what happens during your appointment or fall asleep. You’ll need someone to drive you home after the procedure, since the after-effects last 4-6 hours or longer.

General Anesthesia

With general anesthesia, you’ll be completely unconscious during your appointment. This is a good option if you are very nervous about implant surgery, and want to make sure you have a completely pain-free experience.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

As long as your jaw bone is strong and your overall oral health is good, you are likely a good candidate for dental implants. Find out by contacting Goldstein Garber & Salama for your free implant consultation today.