Cavities are a concern for everyone. Even if you carefully look after family's teeth with good oral hygiene practices, regular dental exams, and a healthy diet, you can still develop a cavity. If you do get a cavity, it’s important to maintain the health of the tooth by removing decay and filling the tooth.
Fillings are an important part of dental treatment at our Pembroke dental offices because they can easily help to save the decayed tooth. When a cavity is caught quickly, a filling is usually enough to restore your tooth and stop decay from causing more serious problems in the future.
At Collins and Sampson DDS, we believe in using the most conservative treatments that effectively protect your oral health. We use two types of fillings, and one of our doctors will evaluate your needs and decide which is most appropriate for you, depending on your individual situation.
How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?
When we take a digital x-ray during one of your regularly scheduled dental visits, we will be able to see even the tiniest cavity clearly. One of the reasons we stress the importance of regular dental visits is that, using x-rays, we can find cavities before you even know they exist.
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know they have a cavity until they have a toothache. We know that some people just don’t like visiting the dentist and may avoid making an appointment, hoping the pain will go away.
You probably know from experience that toothache pain doesn’t go away by itself. It may be tempting to put off treatment, but you eventually end up going to the dentist anyway. Avoiding treatment gives the decay a chance to do serious damage and almost always results in more costly treatment to correct.
What Types of Fillings Do You Use?
There are basically two types of fillings:
Composite – A composite filling is tooth-colored and very durable. One of the advantages of using this type of filling is that it can be color-matched to the shade of your natural tooth. A composite filling can also be shaped so that it blends with your tooth so perfectly that no one will know that you’ve had any work done. That’s why composite dental fillings are usually used in teeth that are most visible.
Amalgam – Amalgam fillings (also called silver fillings) have been used by dentists for over 100 years with excellent results. They are very strong, known to be long-lasting, and provide great support for a decayed tooth. Amalgam is a good choice for fillings in your back teeth and molars, because these teeth withstand a lot of force when you chew or bite down. Amalgam fillings are strong and durable, making them a good choice when a very large cavity has to be filled.
Does Getting a Filling Hurt?
We promise that any time you receive treatment at our Pembroke dental offices, you can expect to be cared for by professionals who want to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Having a cavity filled is a very simple procedure. We believe in practicing painless dentistry so that you can always feel relaxed about getting the important dental treatment you need.
Please Call for an Appointment
We want to make sure we catch cavities as soon as possible, so please call us at to schedule an exam. If you have a toothache and need to see us right away, please contact us, and we will do our best to get you in for treatment as quickly as possible.