Fairhope Dental Fillings
at Living Oaks
If you have a cavity in Fairhope, a dental filling from Dr. Gene Brabston is the best way to restore your smile and your oral health, and to prevent further complications like an infected tooth. We offer fast, affordable, and minimally-invasive care at Living Oaks Dental, and early intervention is always the best choice if you suspect you have a cavity. Contact us online to schedule an appointment now, and get the help you need in Fairhope.
Would I Need A Dental Filling?
Dental fillings are the best way to treat decayed teeth.While there are other contributing factors, tooth decay mostly happens due to inadequate oral hygiene and a diet that’s high in sugar. Over time, bacteria consume sugar on the teeth, and they excrete acid.
This acid slowly “demineralizes” the enamel of your tooth. Over time, it will start to soften and decay, becoming permanently damaged. This causes a cavity, which is a small hole or pit in the tooth.
Once you get a cavity, the condition will only get worse. The cavity will tend to trap sugar, food debris, and bacteria, which will make it become deeper and larger. The best way to restore your tooth is with a filling.
Dr. Brabston will trim away the damaged enamel, then replace it with durable composite or metal material. This restores the function, appearance, and health of your tooth, and will preserve it for decades to come.
Is The Filling Process Like?
Fillings usually take a maximum of 30-60 minutes at Living Oaks Dental, and they are minimally invasive and completely pain-free. To begin the process, Dr. Brabston will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area to keep you feeling comfortable. We also offer sedation in Fairhope, which is a good option if you’re nervous about your upcoming appointment.
Then, Dr. Brabston will use a dental drill to remove damaged and decayed enamel from your tooth. This ensures that the filling material will have a healthy, stable surface to which it can bond.
Next, Dr. Brabston will apply a metal or composite filling material, and use a variety of dental tools to sculpt, shape, and harden it. Once the overall shape is right, he will trim and refine the tooth, check your bite, and make any final adjustments.
Then, you’re all done! You’ll be sent home, and you can get back to your normal routine immediately. Fillings require no special aftercare, and typically do not cause any serious pain or discomfort.
Should I Choose
Composite Or Silver Fillings?
For visible front teeth, we always recommend composite resin fillings. These fillings are tooth-colored and match your smile perfectly, providing great aesthetic results. They last a long time, and also typically require the removal of less tooth material compared to silver fillings.
However, silver fillings can still be a good choice for your rear teeth. That’s because these teeth are not visible when you smile, and metal fillings tend to have a longer lifespan, particularly when used for rear teeth. They are more pliable, and are able to hold up to heavy biting and chewing, which makes them more appropriate for your molars.
Dr. Brabston can help you choose the right type of filling for your own unique needs and your situation, so get in touch with our team now to discuss your options for dental fillings in Fairhope, and get all the details you need.
Whether you’re looking to make a routine appointment or come in for a restorative procedure, you’ll be in good hands with Living Oaks Dental. Our skilled staff will take care of you from the moment you walk through our doors and long after. You’re a top priority for us, and we’ll provide every comfort along the way. Our office is warm and inviting, you’re welcome to come through any time we’re open. We look forward to meeting you!