Small areas of tooth decay often establish a presence in a weakened area of tooth enamel. As time goes on, these cavities can gradually start to spread. With timely diagnosis, Dr. Adrian Huang can often treat a modest-sized cavity at his Provo, Utah clinic with a filling.
This involves removing the decayed tooth enamel to create a clean surface for the eventual filling to bond with.
The specific material Dr. Adrian Huang uses for the filling will be based on its location in your mouth and how visible it is in your smile.
Amalgam fillings are durable and can be used to repair cavities on back teeth. Since they are dark in color, it makes amalgam a poor choice to repair a cavity in a spot that that will appear in your smile.
Composite fillings are made from a special dental-grade resin that can be shaded to color match the surrounding tooth enamel. This makes them a good choice for repairing a visible tooth.
Both of these types of fillings can be applied in a single appointment. They will be bonded and hardened by a special ultraviolet light.
Porcelain fillings are a good choice for teeth that appear in your smile. The porcelain material can be shaded to match the color of the surrounding tooth enamel.
Gold fillings are very durable and can often be called for to repair cavities on back teeth that are responsible for chewing and grinding tough foods.
Both of these types of fillings need to be crafted in a dental lab, requiring a second appointment to cement them into the void left by the extracted tooth decay.
If you live in the Provo, Utah area and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 801-854-9140 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Adrian Huang