Fillings for Cavities & Tooth Decay
Cosmetic Dental Fillings
When it comes to fighting active tooth decay, our Princeton, NJ, family and cosmetic dentist offers minimally invasive restorations that both protect and enhance your tooth.
Today’s white (composite) fillings are free of mercury and dark metals, so that you don’t have to worry about discoloration detracting from the aesthetics of your smile. Because they’re available in different shades, we can select one that best matches your surrounding tooth structure.
Plus, white fillings bond closely with tooth enamel, allowing us to place them in areas where a conventional silver filling wouldn’t be appropriate. This characteristic also means that the filling can be smaller and much less invasive to your remaining (and healthy) enamel.
Why Do I Need a Filling?
Tooth decay is an active infection inside of enamel that continues to expand deeper into the tooth as well as neighboring teeth. Once it has broken through the outer layer of enamel, there is no way for the tooth to repair itself. In fact, delaying care only allows the cavity to expand and may ultimately require a crown or root canal, instead of a smaller and more affordable dental filling.
White Dental Fillings for Children
Choosing a composite filling for your child’s tooth ensures that the overall process is less invasive than metal fillings. Since baby teeth play a key role in the overall development of your child’s future adult smile, it’s vital to treat tooth decay as early as possible.
If you’re looking for Princeton-area pediatric dentistry, why not just visit our family practice where we see patients of all ages?
You See What We Do
Dr. Bestandji uses digital radiography and high-resolution intraoral imaging to share our findings with you, so that you can see (and co-diagnose) the needs of your smile. We feel that the more educated our patients are about their oral health, the better equipped they will be to make decisions about the treatment options available.
Digital X-rays are crucial to evaluating the extent of the decay, as they allow us to see what’s under the surface layer of your teeth and understand the size of the filling necessary (or if something more aggressive is needed, such as a root canal.)
What to Expect
Getting a filling is usually a straightforward process that calls for a small amount of local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. We can also use a laser to desensitize the tooth, limiting sensitivity if a large filling is needed.
After we’ve removed the decayed tooth structure, we match the composite to your surrounding enamel and shape it into the tooth, using a bright light to cure the material into place. Ultimately, the final results will blend in with your smile and shouldn’t be noticeable to anyone else.
Princeton, NJ, Family Dentistry
When you’re a patient of Canal Vista Family Dental in Princeton, all you and your family’s dental needs can be met under one roof. All ages are welcome. Call today to make your family’s next appointment with us or book one online now.
Other Dental Services
Because most common dental problems are preventable, Dr. Bestandji opts to incorporate strategies that help our patients reduce the risk of tooth decay from a very early age. This may be through protective protective dental sealants, fluoride, or even ClearCorrect orthodontic trays to make it easier for you to keep your smile clean.
Has it been more than six months since your last exam and cleaning? Are you looking for a family dentist in Princeton? Canal Vista Family Dental accepts patients of all ages. Contact us today to request your first appointment.