You’re probably familiar with cavities — after all, about 92% of adults have had at least one. But that doesn’t mean we can ignore them. Cavities can wreck your smile and if left unchecked, their decay will spread and cause severe pain as well as a threat to your health.
When you think of dental fillings, you might think of old amalgam fillings. But our office doesn’t use silver-toned fillings. For the benefit of your smile’s appearance and health, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings.
Composite resin fillings can be matched to the exact shade of your tooth, so they blend in seamlessly. You won’t have to worry about silver patches in your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings require only one appointment, so you can walk out of our office with a beautifully restored smile on the very same day.
When you come to our office for your filling, your dentist will first clean and prepare the concerned tooth. They’ll remove the decayed parts of your tooth and clean out any infection. Then, your natural-looking filling can be placed.
The filling will be placed to match the shape and color of your tooth. After two to three minutes, the material will be hardened and ready to go.
Fillings can correct and prevent tooth decay that’s treated early on. But when the infection has had time to spread throughout your tooth, root canal therapy may be necessary to save your tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
Though root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful, it usually isn’t. Most patients say it feels like receiving a tooth filling.
A tooth is composed of three layers: the enamel, dentin, and pulp. The layer you see the most is the enamel, a strong white coating that surrounds the tooth. Through the enamel is the dentin, a softer and yellow layer. In the middle of the tooth is the pulp, a sensitive collection of nerves and tissues.
When decay penetrates the innermost layer of the tooth, you can experience severe pain and a risk to your health. This is when root canal therapy becomes necessary.
Some signs that you have a severe tooth infection include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, you’re likely in need of root canal therapy. Call our office at 601-939-4100 so we can help relieve your pain.
The first step of your root canal procedure will involve numbing the area around the tooth so you won’t feel any pain. Once you’re numbed, your dentist will drill a tiny hole through the tooth into the pulp chamber. Through this hole, he’ll remove the damaged dental pulp.
When all of the decay has been removed, your dentist will fill the tooth with a permanent adhesive material called gutta-percha that will keep your tooth safe. After this, they’ll create a custom protective crown with our CEREC technology and place it.
Though we offer beautiful dental implants, your natural teeth are often the best teeth you’ll have. That’s why it’s so important to protect and preserve them. We can save your tooth with a filling or through root canal therapy, so don’t hesitate to let us know if you’re in pain.
To find out more about how we can help you, call our office at 601-939-4100 or message us through our online contact form, available on this page. We’ll be with you right away.
Consult with Dr. Tharp & Dr. Klaus whether you need teeth cleaning, oral screening, or restorative dental care in Jackson, MS. You can trust our team to deliver quality dental services that will leave you with a smile on your face. We believe that each and every patient that walks through our door deserves a great smile, and we’ll work with you to find the treatments that fit your needs. During our consultations, you’ll be able to ask your questions one-on-one, get evaluated, and learn more about the ins and outs of your dental treatment.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today; you deserve a beautiful brilliant smile.