Dental cavities are small holes that form in teeth due to decay. To repair mild to moderate cavities, tooth fillings are one of the longest-standing methods of restorative dental care. They are highly effective at restoring a compromised tooth back to health and protecting it from future damage. At Patel & Dornhecker Dentistry, patients in the Cincinnati and Fairfield TWP, OH areas can choose to receive tooth-colored composite fillings for a natural-looking, healthy smile.
Benefits of composite fillings
Historically, a material called amalgam that was a mixture of several types of metal was used in fillings. However, nowadays, composite tooth fillings are the most common, and for good reason. They have several benefits:
- The material is tooth-colored for a natural-looking filling that blends in seamlessly with your smile
- It cures quickly with the assistance of a bright UV light
- They safely and effectively fill the area of the tooth that has been compromised
- The composite material does not contain metals, which can cause allergic reactions in some people
How tooth-colored dental fillings are placed
It is important to us that you are comfortable and relaxed while you receive your dental treatment. We will explain what to expect so that you are well-informed about the procedure and use effective local anesthetics to ensure your comfort during the filling process. We also offer sedation options if you are suffering from anxiety about the procedure.
After the tooth area is numbed, we use an electric handpiece to minimize the drilling sound and vibration sensation to remove the portion of the tooth that has decayed. We then thoroughly clean the area of debris and bacteria and then fill it with the composite material, hardening it layer by layer with a special UV light. Finally, we will shape the filling, so it does not affect your bite, and polish it to a natural sheen.
Gentle, effective treatment
While regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings can go a long way towards keeping your teeth healthy, but if you or a family member develops a cavity, there is no need to worry. Drs. Patel and Dornhecker can restore your smile to health gently and effectively for natural-looking results. If you are suffering from tooth pain or suspect you have a cavity, we encourage you to call us today! Our Cincinnati office can be reached at (513) 815-3188 and our Fairfield TWP office number is (513) 815-3166.
Dr. Jesal A. Patel and Dr. Shawn Dornhecker run a successful dental practice in their home state of Ohio. Both doctors attended the Miami University for Microbiology in Oxford, Ohio and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. The wife-husband duo brings together a wealth of experience while working with children, adults, and veterans during their residency at The Medical College of Ohio.
Patel and Dornhecker Dentistry has two offices in Bridgetown and Fairfield. The team at the clinic strives to serve with the best quality care to their patients using the latest technology. They strongly believe in working with local businesses in Ohio to empower the local community.