Tooth Fillings

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At Roxbury Family Dentistry in Succasunna, New Jersey, we encourage our patients to protect their teeth and oral health by having periodic dental cleanings and checkups and brushing and flossing at home. Tooth Fillings in Succasunna NJ. This is important because when combined with saliva, food particles can form plaque, a sticky film that can build up on teeth can cause problems.

For example, if not promptly removed, plaque can harbor bacteria, which naturally produce acids that can eat away at the teeth’s protective outer coating (enamel). Eventually, acidic erosion can create a cavity in a tooth, providing an entry point for bacteria to reach the tooth’s sensitive pulp. When caught early, many cavities can be treated with a basic tooth filling. But if left untreated, a cavity can cause a painful infection that requires more extensive treatment, such as a root canal and dental crown.

The Tooth Filling Procedure

To repair and seal a tooth cavity, a dentist at Roxbury Family Dentistry can perform a dental filling procedure, which involves replacing the damaged tooth enamel and restoring the tooth’s structure, strength, and appearance.

To do so, the dentist will use a special dental drill to remove any decay inside the cavity. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth, the dentist will insert a filling in the prepared hole to replace the portion of the tooth that was destroyed by the decay. To ensure a perfect bite and pleasing appearance, the dentist will precisely mold the filling to match the shape of the surrounding tooth structure. Composite tooth fillings look like natural tooth material; once placed, they become part of a white, non-metallic smile.

We Can Help You With Tooth Fillings

If you have a toothache or another dental issue, or if you would like to have a dental checkup and cleaning, the experienced and gentle dental professionals at Roxbury Family Dentistry are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Succasunna, NJ.