The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth do a significant amount of work chewing and grinding the foods you eat. When a chip forms on one of these teeth, it can pose future problems. As time goes by, stray food material and bacterial residue could become trapped in the minute textures of the damaged tooth enamel. This could cause a new cavity on an already altered tooth.
In some cases where the chip or dental fracture is small, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick might be able to repair the tooth with a dental filling.
The specific material he advocates for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and visibility in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of inert metals. They are durable, making them a good choice for repairing a small cavity on a molar or premolar.
Once it is cured and hardened by a dental-grade ultraviolet light, the filling should effectively repair the tooth for many years.
If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you have suffered a chip or other dental fracture on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling 804-781-1919 to seek treatment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.
Did you know that lasers have been used in dentistry for decades? However, recently laser dentistry has become more and more common. One of the main reasons for this is simply that patients tend to feel less anxious with a laser than they are with other dental tools. Laser dentistry also offers a number of other benefits.
Lasers have been used broadly since the mid 1990’s. Laser dentistry is a popular choice because patients tend to feel more relaxed and comfortable when a laser is used instead of a drill. Lasers also allow dentists to be more precise. This means dentists can reduce damage done to nearby areas during treatments. Patients can also expect to heal more quickly and should experience less bleeding during and after a procedure.
Laser dentistry can also be used in a number of treatments. For example, tooth decay can actually be removed with a laser. Lasers can also be used to prepare your enamel, or the protective outer layer of your teeth, for having a filling placed. Lasers can also be used during the setting and curing of fillings. Gum disease and root canal therapy can also be done with lasers.
Do you have any more questions about the care you could receive from our team? Are you interested in learning more about whether you’re a good candidate for laser dentistry? Would you simply like to set up an appointment with our dentist, Drs. Stanovick and Stanovick? If so, we invite you to give Paul R. Stanovick, DDS a call at 804-781-1919. We look forward to hearing from you soon!