Think you don’t need restorative dentistry? No matter how well you take care of your teeth, how well you brush and floss, even if you visit your Charlotte dentist with regularity, life can take a toll on your teeth. For example:
- Drinking acidic drinks – even healthy ones like juice – can lead to tooth decay. So can conditions like dry mouth.
- Stress can cause night time clenching that you might not even be aware of, and that can break or wear down your teeth.
- Accidents occur when you least expect them, leading to tooth loss.
- Even an unbalanced or poorly placed restoration can cause damage to your surrounding teeth.
And if damage is left without treatment, it can lead to infection, abscess, tooth loss, systemic inflammation, and illness. But it isn’t just your health that takes a blow from missing, damaged, and decayed teeth. It’s your confidence and quality of life that suffers as well. Whatever your needs, Dr. Yang’s skill, training, and compassion can precisely repair and restore your teeth from a variety of dental dilemmas.
Capstone Dental’s Restorative Dentistry Options Include:
- Porcelain Inlays and Onlays
- Crowns and Bridges
- Dentures & Partials
- Endodontics/Root Canals
- Oral Surgery
No matter whether you need a simple filling or dental implants and oral surgery, we always make sure that you understand all the steps of the process and that you are completely comfortable at all times.
Achieve a Restored Smile
If your smile has been affected by tooth decay or cavities, you may find it difficult to speak and chew with comfort. You may also be more vulnerable to oral health complications like gum disease or infection. Dental fillings can restore your smile’s beauty and functionality, as well as protect them from bacteria.
At Capstone Dental, Dr. Yang is proud to offer this durable and natural-looking solution to teeth impacted by cavities or decay. Read on to learn more about this restoration and how you can benefit.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings can fill the space left behind by cavities to restore and strengthen your teeth. With tooth-colored fillings, you can enjoy a natural-looking restoration that won’t break down over time like silver (amalgam) fillings. Dr. Yang can place your fillings in just one visit to our Charlotte dental office.
Benefits of Dental Fillings
There are several unique advantages to tooth-colored fillings that make them the superior filling option. Some benefits include:
- Durability and Longevity: Dental fillings are made to withstand your daily activities and can last up to 15 years with proper care.
- Customized Fit: Fillings are customized to fit the shape and size of your tooth for a comfortable and natural fit.
- Prevents Infections: Dental fillings protect your vulnerable teeth from bacteria, helping prevent infections and other serious oral health issues.
- Strengthens Teeth: Teeth impacted by cavities are often at risk of decay. Fillings can help protect and preserve its natural structure.
When Are Dental Fillings Necessary?
Dental fillings are an attractive option for patients looking to restore their smiles. Dr. Yang may recommend this restoration to patients with:
- Lost or broken fillings
- Teeth affected by cavities
- Severe tooth decay or damage
- Persistent toothaches
- Tooth sensitivity
If you suspect you may need a filling, don’t wait to schedule an appointment at our Charlotte dental office. Postponing treatment for teeth affected by decay or cavities could lead to serious oral health issues. Dr. Yang will assess your situation and determine if fillings will be an effective treatment for you.
Placing Your Tooth-Colored Filling
At Capstone Dental, we offer both tooth-colored fillings and silver (amalgam) fillings for your convenience. At your initial consultation, Dr. Yang will help you determine which type of filling will be most effective for you.
The process for receiving both types of fillings is relatively similar. Dr. Yang will begin the procedure by administering a local anesthetic to the targeted tooth and surrounding area to ensure you don’t feel a thing. He’ll then gently remove a small portion of your tooth’s enamel to make room for the filling.
Your filling will be customized to match the shape and size of your tooth for a natural look and fit. Dr. Yang will place the filling and make any necessary adjustments to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. You’re then ready to leave our Charlotte office with a restored and protected smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does receiving dental fillings hurt?
Receiving a filling is a virtually painless experience. Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Yang will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel a thing while he works. You may experience mild discomfort once the numbness fades, but this pain can easily be managed with over-the-counter pain medications and cold compresses.
However, if the pain persists past a few days, it may be a sign of a complication. Contact our Charlotte office immediately by calling (980) 202-5696. Dr. Yang will evaluate your situation and alleviate any painful symptoms.
How long do dental fillings last?
With proper care, dental fillings can last between five and 15 years. This includes brushing and flossing twice per day along with rinsing between meals using mouthwash. It’s also essential to schedule biannual appointments at our Charlotte office for routine cleanings and exams. This will ensure your fillings and oral health remain in good condition.
How much do dental fillings cost?
The exact cost of your dental fillings depends on several factors, such as how many fillings you received and what material they were made of. We recommend contacting your dental insurance provider beforehand to learn what your plan will cover. Dr. Yang will also provide you with a cost estimate at your initial consultation.
Take the First Step in Restoring Your Smile
Neglecting to treat decayed or damaged teeth may leave them vulnerable to bacteria and further complications. Dental fillings are a great way to fill in the gap left by cavities and protect your healthy smile.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Yang, contact our Charlotte office by calling (980) 202-5696. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our contact form.
These restorations are perfect for teeth that have a little more damage than a simple filling can repair. Sometimes the reason is because the tooth is too compromised to hold a traditional filling, and sometimes it’s because the damaged area also includes the tip or cusp of the tooth. Created from strong and durable porcelain, dental inlays and onlays repair your tooth and bring strength and beauty back to your smile.
Dental crowns are the right choice for teeth that need structural support or have had a root canal. Crowns essentially become the new chewing surface of your tooth for ideal comfort and function. Crowns can also act as an anchor for a dental bridge – one of our tooth replacement options. Depending on your particular needs, we offer both natural-looking and metal-free bridges or porcelain-fused-to-metal for superior strength.
If you have lost all or many of your teeth, our full and partial dentures can help restore both confidence and function. Dentures are a convenient and affordable way to replace your teeth so you can chew, speak, and laugh without embarrassment. We offer both removable dentures that are held in place by denture adhesives or implant-retained dentures for a secure fit like no other.
To learn about dental implants, please go to our Implant Dentistry page.
You need your teeth – and your own, natural teeth are always best. When a tooth becomes infected, we like to recommend root canals for just that reason – to save from removal. A root canal allows us to clean it out, remove the infected material inside your tooth, and replacing it with a sealant. The tooth is then securely topped with a beautiful crown. Of course, we keep you comfortable and can even offer sedation dentistry to help you completely relax.
While you may not look forward to oral surgery, we understand that it is comforting to have surgery completed in the office you know by a dental team you trust. That’s why Dr. Yang performs almost all oral surgery, from extractions to dental implants, right here in your Charlotte neighborhood. If you require advanced care, such as certain situations of bony impaction, we may refer you to one of our trusted surgical specialists. We will monitor your progress and bring your smile right back home after the procedure is completed.