Composite and porcelain fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are designed to fill in areas of decay while improving the health of your smile. Removing harmful decay from your teeth protects your smile from developing serious diseases. In order to ensure that your teeth remain functional and aesthetically beautiful, Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer replace the damaged portion of your enamel with a natural-looking, tooth-colored material. The dental filling blends in flawlessly with your existing tooth and cannot be detected. Using revolutionary CEREC technology, the restoration can be created and placed within a matter of minutes at our state-of-the-art dental practice near American Fork.
How Cavities Develop
Cavities are also known as dental caries or tooth decay, and they often develop as a result of poor oral hygiene or a diet high in sugar. Your mouth is full of bacteria, and when it collects into a colorless film on your teeth, then these bacteria are called plaque. Plaque cannot be washed off of your teeth; it can only be cleaned away with brushing and flossing.
When the plaque gets sugars from the foods you eat, it processes them in order to produce acids. These acids attack tooth enamel, the hard tissue surrounding and protecting your teeth. Though saliva helps to neutralize acids and rebuild tooth enamel, repeated acid attack can create a hole in your tooth that is the cavity. If left untreated, cavities can continue to grow and may even cause infection and other dental health problems.
An In-Depth Look at the Procedure
If you have a cavity in your smile, it is important for you to visit Lexington Heights Dental as soon as possible so we can repair the cavity before it grows too large. Our dentists and team complete the following steps to perform this procedure:
- We begin by numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic.
- We will remove the decayed tissues from your tooth using a drill, laser or other dental tool.
- We will clean the area, after which we will place and harden the filling.
- We will polish the filling and make any needed adjustments to it.
Contact Our Team If You Want Us to Repair a Cavity
If you think that you smile has tooth decay, then call our office so you can receive a dental filling in Cedar Hills, Utah. We are glad to also welcome patients from the nearby communities, including Alpine, Highland, American Fork, Orem, Pleasant Grove and Lehi, Utah. We are always willing to help you have a stronger, healthier smile.