Tooth decay is the leading cause for tooth loss in patients. A prevalent oral disease, most adults will experience some degree of tooth decay in their lives. Tooth decay is a progressive disease, and can create more complex dental concerns when left untreated. Early detection allows for conservative dental treatments such as dental fillings.
Bacteria builds and produces an acidic by product, this acid is what causes the enamel to erode. One the structure of the tooth has been compromised, the tooth becomes susceptible to infection and further damage. Biannual dental check ups allow Dr. Henrich to detect decay in the earliest stages of development preventing further damage to the tooth, gums or bone.
Dental fillings can also be used to treat minor cosmetic dental concerns. Fillings are an effective treatment for repairing chips, cracks and gaps. Using a dental filling to treat a cosmetic concern can help prevent it from developing into a more advanced problem later on.
What To Expect
Dental fillings are the standard for repairing damage caused by tooth decay. A routine dental procedure, dental fillings can typically be completed in just one visit to our Tulsa, OK dentist office. Patients are generally surprised at how comfortable they feel during their dental treatment.
Dr. Henrich will typically use a local anesthetic for patients optimal comfort. Sedation dentistry options are also available for patients who experience more complex dental anxiety. Sedation options will be discussed prior to treatment and chosen based on the medical history and health of the patient.
The procedure will begin with Dr. Henrich carefully removing all diseased tissue from the tooth. Once removed, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the filling. The dental filling will help to stabilize the structure of the tooth and prevent further damage.