Sudden tooth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold drinks can indicate that you have a cavity. Fortunately, Irina Yesina, DDS, in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, offers fillings and dental bonding to both children and adults to protect your teeth from further decay. The earlier your cavity is filled, the better chance you have of keeping your tooth healthy and strong. For more information on your cavity treatment options, call Irina Yesina, DDS, or book an appointment online today.
A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is a permanently damaged area in your tooth that forms tiny holes, where bacteria can infiltrate. They are typically caused by poor oral hygiene, frequent snacking, a diet rich in sweets, and sugary drinks. Though cavities are common during childhood, they often affect adults as well. When left untreated, cavities may lead to further tooth decay, tooth pain, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss.
Fillings help close spaces in which harmful bacteria can enter your tooth and cause further damage. They can be made out of a number of different materials, including:
Amalgam, or silver fillings, are strong and relatively inexpensive, resistant to everyday wear-and-tear. Because they are quite dark and noticeable, silver fillings are typically used to treat teeth in the back of the mouth.
Extremely strong and durable, gold fillings can last up to 20 years, making them the perfect choice for patients looking for a long-term solution to their cavities. However, this type of filling is expensive compared to alternative options.
Composite resin fillings are ideal for patients who want a filling color matched to their natural teeth. They are not as strong as silver or gold fillings and may not be the right choice for those in need of large fillings.
If fillings don’t seem like the right option for you, dental bonding can help treat your cavities and strengthen your teeth.
An inexpensive alternative to fillings, dental bonding is a process in which a tooth-colored composite resin is used to restore your teeth from decay, chips, and even breaks. This material can be molded and shaped to improve your decayed tooth and protect it against further damage.
Unlike dental veneers — wafer-thin porcelain used to cover imperfections and protect your teeth — bonding typically does not require any preparation or anesthesia. Dr. Yesina also uses a shade guide to match the composite resin to your teeth perfectly.
Once the composite resin is molded to the exact shape and color as the rest of your teeth, Dr. Yesina hardens the material with an ultraviolet light or laser.
Cavities can cause a broad range of dental concerns if left untreated, so it’s important to seek help at the first sign of trouble. To learn more about your cavity treatment options, call Irina Yesina, DDS, or book an appointment online today.