Dental Fillings – Chicago & Skokie
What are Cavities?Cavities are areas of the mouth that have undergone tooth decay and developed small holes. Cavities are caused by food debris that has accumulated on the tooth’s surface, which creates acid that gradually erodes the tooth and causes extreme pain and discomfort. They’re especially common in children, teenagers and older adults. Further decay can result in tooth root damage the need for a root canal. Fortunately, a dental filling helps prevent that.
SymptomsKeep in mind that the specific symptoms that you show depend on the extent and the location of the cavity. In the early stages of cavity development, you may not show any signs. However, with time, you may notice the following:
- Spontaneous tooth pain that occurs without a cause
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something that is hot, cold or sweet
- Pain when biting
- Holes or pits in your teeth
- Brown, white or black staining
- Overall tooth sensitivity
Treating Your CavityTo treat your cavity, the dentists at Chicago Dental Arts remove the decaying area of the tooth and then “fill” it with a strong, durable material such as porcelain. The dentists at Chicago Dental Arts use state-of-the-art technology and the latest sedation techniques to ensure that you experience absolutely no pain or anxiety during the process – that’s our promise. With Waterlace, our no shots and no pain technology we can make this procedure more comfortable than in the past and it’s even child-friendly!
Dental Filling ProcedureCavities, however, are not the only reason people receive composite dental fillings. Cracked, broken or worn teeth are also responsible for many of the dental fillings (composite fillings) that are performed at Chicago Dental Arts. The dentists at Chicago Dental Arts use WaterLase, a revolutionary technology that allows for the painless removal and replacement of porcelain and even gold or silver fillings. In addition to being painless, WaterLase also:
- reduces the amount of anesthesia required for the procedure,
- produces little or no bleeding,
- and minimizes post-operative swelling, which decreases or eliminates the need for pain medication.