Dental Fillings in North Atlanta
Dental fillings are often recommended when the tooth surface has been damaged by tooth decay or trauma. At Smiles of Johns Creek, our dentists provide dental fillings to restore teeth and help protect them from further damage.
About Dental Tooth Decay
Tooth decay occurs when harmful bacteria break through the tooth enamel and progressively break down tooth structure. Eventually decay can destroy the crown of the tooth and may even reach the nerve of the tooth and cause a root abscess, infection and pain.
Conservative Dental Fillings
Our goal at Smiles of Johns Creek is to detect cavities as early as possible through regular dental checkups and cleanings. During these visits, our dentists and hygienists will carefully evaluate tooth surfaces and periodontal (gum) tissues to look for signs of disease or infection. Dental x-rays are very helpful in this process; they allow the dentist to view areas beneath the gum line to evaluate for signs of abscesses, infection or bone loss.
Our dentists recommend addressing decay as soon as it is diagnosed. A dental filling is best suited for smaller areas of decay, allowing for a conservative restoration that does not require removal of a substantial amount of tooth structure. When the decay has progressed to the extent that a filling is not adequate to protect the tooth, a crown, or, a crown and root canal may be recommended.
The majority of dental fillings that are placed today are made of dental composite, a natural-looking "white" resin-based material. Dental composite adheres to existing tooth structure through a special bonding process. Composite filling materials are available in a variety of shades to match existing teeth, so you leave our office with a restoration that enhances your smile!
Cosmetic Tooth Bonding
Composite filling materials are also used in cosmetic dental bonding procedures. After choosing a shade to match, your Smiles of Johns Creek dentist can use composite materials to conceal minor flaws in teeth, such as minor chips or rough edges. It can also be used to close small gaps between teeth or smooth indentations in the tooth surface. Cosmetic dental bonding procedures can often be accomplished without drilling or anesthetic, making them a simple solution for improving your smile.
Your Comfort is Our Priority
If your filling procedure does require local anesthesia (making the area numb) we will make sure you are comfortable and that your dental filling treatment is worry-free.
Our Smiles of Johns Creek dental office is conveniently located to be your family dentist. We serve children and adults from Alpharetta, Roswell and the surrounding North Atlanta community. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have questions about your family's dental care.