Dental fillings or restorations as we call them are a way to fix cavities and prevent the cavity from hitting the nerve in the tooth necessitating a root canal treatment. In most cases, our dentists will be able to detect the cavities that require filling in a regular dental check-up either visually or through x-rays. We have always been an MERCURY and AMALGAM free practice.
We use tooth-colored fillings made from a material called composite resin to fill cavities and to reestablish the tooth’s structure and function. These fillings contain have Nano-technology to make them look almost indistinguishable from the real tooth .
Deep cavities might need an extra-layer for protecting the nerve inside – this is called a pulp cap.
An X-ray usually shows how deep a cavity is. Deeper cavities usually need local anesthetic to make sure that the process is completed pain-free.
Our process includes 3 main steps that allow for a comprehensive treatment.
- A thorough evaluation which might include X-rays
- Anesthetic and filling placement
- Polishing and finishing and follow up recommendations
Please bear in mind that cavities which are very deep might need further treatment. There might be a need for root canal treatment in cavities which are very deep. What we usually recommend is that in border-line cases where the nerve is very close to the cavity, we wait up to 72 hours and then decide if further treatment is necessary.
Also sometimes fillings might not be the best solutions if the cavity is very wide or a large portion of the tooth is destroyed. In these cases a ceramic inlay or even a crown might be a better and more predictable choice.
Why choose New Ivory
We use the best proven filling resins for all cavities. Most of our dentists use magnification either using loupes or the dental microscope to give a better finish to our fillings while preserving valuable enamel at the same time.
We also practice bio-mimetic dentistry which is a radical approach to save more tooth structure and re-establish function wherever possible to do so.