What Is a Cavity?

Healthy teeth have a hard coating called enamel. Acid from bacteria in the mouth demineralize or “eat” the enamel. Demineralization in the enamel is not necessarily harmful and may not continue to progress if proper care is maintained. However, once this acid eats through the enamel and into the second layer of the tooth, it is now a cavity. This second layer is softer and thus the cavity will grow no matter what. You now have a hole in your tooth that, without treatment, will continue to grow until no visible tooth remains.

Treatment for cavities includes cleaning out the soft demineralized tooth and filling the void with material that matches the shade of the tooth. Without proper detection and treatment, the cavity can reach the last layer of the tooth – the nerve – and become infected, requiring a root canal or extraction.


Diagnosing Cavities

We can accurately diagnose cavities using a special laser. This laser technology insures we don’t miss small cavities that can be difficult to detect. Patients are pleased with the chair-side education they receive and the thoroughness of our 3D scan and photographs. It is our hope that they will find the time we spend with them valuable and helpful. We strive to offer complete dentistry as we get to know our patients.


Fillings at Heck Family Dentistry

As part of our routine dental services, fillings are a procedure we perform on a daily basis at Heck Family Dentistry. As a result, you can rest easy, knowing that our dentists are qualified and practiced to fix cavities and install fillings, restoring your oral health back to 100%.

At Heck Family Dentistry we strongly believe in 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 result. Our patients’ feedback with this device is that the procedure was more comfortable and seemed to go faster. Early detection and rubber dam usage 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, cavities were filled 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. But today, you can get your cavities – and other hollow areas in your teeth – filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth’s color – so they become invisible when applied. Composite fillings also provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented.

At Heck Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality dental care, which means we will not only restore the function of your tooth, but also the beauty of your smile. Typically, we will use a composite filling material which mimics the look of your other teeth and won’t display any cosmetic difference than your original tooth.

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