If you’ve never had a cavity before, then lucky you! But approximately 92 percent of adults aged 20 to 64 have experienced a cavity, with 23 percent of those cavities untreated. Cavities happen to almost everyone as a result of some degree of dental hygiene neglect. Because they are so common, they are also quite easily fixed using a filling. Our experienced dental care providers at Mansfield Dental Center know how to quickly, easily, and comfortably remove decay from a tooth before it progresses to the point of needing a root canal. After the patient is in comfort from anesthetization, the procedure is usually very smooth.
Once the decay is removed, the tooth is sealed over with a material of your choosing. Mansfield Dental Center offers metal fillings that appear gold, as well as tooth-colored fillings made of porcelain or composite material that bond with the tooth to give it a more natural look. Dr. Buske has been using composite biocompatible materials instead of traditional amalgam fillings since he was in dental school because they allow for smaller procedures and leave behind more of the healthy tooth structure. Once the filling is placed, brushing and flossing can be performed as normal to prevent further decay, as cavities are among the most preventable maladies there are.