What Is a Cavity?

Healthy teeth have a hard coating called enamel. Acid from bacteria in the mouth demineralizes, or “eats,” a tooth’s enamel. Demineralization is not necessarily harmful. Continued demineralization in the enamel may not progress if proper oral care is maintained. However, once the acid eats through the enamel into the second layer of the tooth, it is termed a cavity. Because this second layer of the tooth is softer, cavity growth cannot be prevented. Without treatment, the hole in your tooth will continue to grow until no visible tooth remains.

Cavity treatment includes cleaning out the soft demineralized tooth and filling the void with material that matches the shade of the tooth. If left undetected and untreated, the cavity will continue to eat away at the soft tissue. Eventually, it can reach the last layer of the tooth – the nerve – and become infected, cause pain and require a root canal or extraction.

Diagnosing Cavities

At Heck Family Dentistry, we diagnose cavities using a special laser. This laser technology insures we don’t miss small cavities that are difficult to detect. As our patient, we will provide you with comprehensive chair-side education and a detailed analysis of our 3D scan and photographs. We hope you will find the time we spend with you valuable and helpful. As we get to know you and understand your medical and oral history, we will strive to offer comprehensive dental treatments tailored specifically for you.

Fillings at Heck Family Dentistry

As part of our routine dental services, we perform dental fillings on a daily basis at Heck Family Dentistry. As a result, you can rest easy, knowing our dentists are qualified and experienced in treating cavities and installing fillings to restore your oral health back to 100%.

At Heck Family Dentistry, we advocate the use of a rubber dam that aids in the filling procedures. The rubber dam is a painless device that allows our dentists to isolate the area they are working on. A dry isolated field ensures the best treatment result. Patients who have undergone dental fillings at our office using this device state that the procedure was more comfortable and seemed to go faster. Early cavity detection and rubber dam usage during treatment means smaller and longer lasting fillings.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or have other concerns about your oral health, contact Heck Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

Composite Fillings

For over 150 years, dentists filled cavities with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark grey areas in someone’s mouth when they laughed. Today, dentists can fill your cavities – and other hollow areas in your teeth – with composite fillings. Resins that make up composite fillings will match your tooth’s color – so they become invisible when applied. In addition, composite fillings provide an excellent seal on the affected area, which will prevent future tooth decay.

At Heck Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality dental care. We care about restoring, not only the function of your tooth, but also the beauty of your smile. As a result, we typically use composite filling material which mimics the look of your other teeth and will appear cosmetically the same as your original tooth.