Fillings are used to restore teeth that have minor to moderate damage due to decay or trauma. If you have ever had cavities or decayed teeth, you’re probably familiar with them. About 92 percent of adults ages 20 to 64 have had at least one cavity. Our team will first examine your teeth and form a treatment plan that may include fillings. We will anesthetize/numb tooth/teeth being filled so you should not feel anything but some pressure and vibration during the procedure. During the filling process, we remove the decayed area, find a healthy tooth structure, clean the area, and fill in the void.
Fillings help teeth remain durable and functional. At Carolina Family Dentistry, we mostly use tooth-colored fillings that match your tooth color and are shaped to the contours of your teeth. Depending on the size and patient risk factors (family history, diet, habits, etc.), these composite resin fillings can last up to 10 years or more.
If you’re anxious about fillings or getting dental treatment in general, you are not alone. Ask us about sedation dentistry.
Crowns (aka caps) are full coverage restorations used when teeth have significant damage and are too weak or structurally compromised for fillings to work. Crowns return the functionality of your tooth and retain and even enhance normal shapes, sizes, and appearance. So, we use crowns to repair teeth when:
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge has a false tooth or teeth connected and held in place by the adjacent teeth. It is highly recommended to replace missing teeth for many reasons, including your speech, chewing, the health of your gums and mouth, and to prevent the other teeth from drifting. There are different types of dental bridges; Dr. Banik will review your options with you based on your situation.
Post Care for Temporary Crowns and Bridges
After your procedure, you will have a temporary crown/bridge in place and you may experience some gum tenderness, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication as needed. If your temporary becomes loose or comes off at any time, please put it back in to place as best you can and call our office immediately. It is extremely important the temporary remains on the tooth; the tooth can begin shifting in a matter of hours. To avoid having your temporary crown/bridge come off, please avoid hard and chewy foods, including ice and gum. In addition, remember to floss around the temporary as instructed and contact the office if your bite feels uneven.
If you have questions about dental procedures, ask our team. We want you to feel comfortable and informed about your oral health.
Dr. Ron Banik and the team at Carolina Family Dentistry take pride in customized gentle dental care for the whole family. We believe in educating our patients and empowering them to get and involved in their dental health.
Nervous or scared of getting dental work? We have sedation options to help you overcome your fears. Experience gentle care while you relax or even sleep.
Dr. Ron Banik and his expert dental team have over 90 years of combined experience helping patients with their smiles and overall dental health.
Experience a relaxed atmosphere in our spacious and comfortable state of the art facility. Kids have their own play area while you can enjoy TV or free WiFi while you wait.
Work with our team to customized treatment options to fit your needs and budget.
Our computerized digital x-ray system allows instant and accurate x-rays but with 50% less radiation than conventional film systems.
See full color pictures of your teeth to help you see what we see. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Enjoy using our total coverage headphones to watch TV or listen to music during your appointment.