Cavity Fillings in Utah
At Genesis Dental in Utah, our goal is to provide our patients with personalized, comprehensive dental care. Our highly trained and experienced dentists and hygienists offer a wide range of cavity-filling services in Utah to ensure your teeth stay healthy and strong. We prioritize patient comfort and satisfaction. We use the most advanced tools and techniques to ensure the filling process is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We also take the time to educate our patients on the importance of good oral hygiene and provide tips on how to maintain a healthy smile.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity is an area of decay that forms in the hard enamel of a tooth when bacteria and acid weaken it. Cavities can range in size and severity, but they all cause similar symptoms, such as pain and sensitivity when eating, drinking, or breathing. Cavities are commonly caused by inadequate oral hygiene, such as not brushing and flossing regularly and an unhealthy diet high in sugar and acidic foods. If left untreated, a cavity can lead to further deterioration of the tooth and can even cause an infection or abscess. Depending on the size and severity of the decay, treatment for a cavity typically involves a filling or a crown.
Signs and Symptoms of a Cavity
Unlike other parts of your body, your teeth can’t restore themselves. We recommend coming to us for a general exam and cleaning if you are experiencing or seeing signs of cavities, such as:
- Discoloration on the surface of the tooth
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing or mouthwash
- Sharp pain when biting on a tooth
- A lost filling
What to Expect When Getting a Cavity Filled
When getting a cavity filled at Genesis Dental, you can expect to experience a comfortable, caring atmosphere. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the friendly reception staff and taken to the examination room, where your dentist will assess your teeth and discuss the best treatment options with you. The procedure will begin shortly after if cavity filling is the recommended treatment.
Your dentist will first numb the area around your cavity with a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, your dentist will use a drill and other tools to remove the decayed material from your tooth. When the area is clear of decay, we will fill the tooth with a special dental filling material such as composite resin or metal amalgam. The filling material will be shaped and polished to ensure a perfect fit.
With proper care and maintenance, your cavity filling should last for many years. At the end of the procedure, we will provide you with aftercare instructions, such as avoiding certain foods and practicing good oral hygiene. We may also schedule a follow-up appointment to check for complications or monitor the filling.
Our Dental Filling Options
We offer every type of cavity filling in Utah if you have a specific preference, but we most often use white composite fillings. They’re much different from the silver amalgam fillings of the past. We choose to use white composite because it’s durable and matches the natural color of your teeth.
Fillings are often associated with needles, drills, and other noises and sensations that aren’t always pleasant. We get it! Each office strives to empathize and do our best to make the experience as easy for you as possible. Some of the ways we help our patients get comfortable with their filling treatment are:
Take Your Mind Off the Drill
We completely understand if needles and drills aren’t your things. We’ll do what we can to take your mind off your treatment. Some of our offices have TVs; we can talk while doing your treatment or play music to cover the drill’s noise better. We don’t take it personally if you dislike visiting the dentist, especially for fillings or crowns in Magna, South Jordan, Orem, Provo, and Tooele, Utah.
Our dentists are constantly learning new ways to make treatment more comfortable for their patients. We want to keep your entire appointment stress free. Let us know how we can help make the experience better for you!
Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an effective sedative to help make your dental visit a more enjoyable experience. Nitrous oxide has little to no side effects, and it can make your dental appointment seem to go faster. Plus, you can safely drive home after your appointment.
Cavity Fillings in Magna, South Jordan, Orem, Provo, and Tooele
Cavities don’t go away by themselves. If you have a cavity or suspect you have one, schedule your cavity-filling appointment in Utah with Genesis Dental at a time that works for you. Don’t wait. Get any cavities filled as soon as possible to prevent the decay from getting worse.