Filling Cavities in Naples
A Skilled Dentist with a Gentle Hand
Often, even if you take care of your oral health, you can still end up with a cavity. Cavities can be caused by not brushing and flossing and not seeing a dentist every six months. Cavities do not always hurt right away and you may not even know you have a cavity; a cavity might not be found until x-rays are taken at your next dental visit. In some cases, however, there will be no doubt that you have a cavity as your tooth will ache and your mouth may be sore.
Not to worry, our gentle Naples dentist will take care of that cavity for you with a filling. Call Dr. Hale at Smiles by Hale at (239) 319-4059 to book an appointment for your filling.
What Is a Cavity?
A cavity is decay found in your teeth. It is caused by bacteria that builds up on your teeth, also known as plaque. The bacteria can come from many different sources and is removed from the mouth by brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash, and regular dental cleanings. If the bacteria is allowed to grow it will make holes in the teeth, which are cavities. Our knowledgeable dentist in Naples can advise you on which oral health products to use, how often to brush and floss, and how often to have your teeth cleaned.
What Do You Do About a Cavity?
When a patient has a cavity, our compassionate Naples dentist will have them in for a filling. Getting a filling is a common procedure that many people have to go through. Our dental team will make sure you are comfortable and explain how the filling goes in. For the procedure, your mouth will be anesthetized so that you don’t feel any pain. That effect will last for a least a couple of hours after Dr. Hale is finished. You may be sore for a short while after that, but will be able to resume normal activities in no time.
Types of Fillings
There are several types of material that fillings are made from, such as:
- Composite: These fillings consist of a mix of tiny glass particles and plastic. They are tooth-colored and completion can take two appointments. They cost more than amalgam fillings and less than gold ones. They typically last at least five years.
- Porcelain: The cost of these fillings vary and can last from five to seven years. They are tooth-colored and stain resistant
- Amalgam: Made from silver and are inexpensive. They are very durable and can last over fifteen years. They do not blend in with the rest of the tooth
- Gold: These normally last between ten and fifteen years. They are highly durable and stand out against the other teeth. They are expensive.
Smiles by Hale Is Dedicated to Helping You
Our experienced Naples dentist understands what it is like to have a horrible toothache and we want to do everything we can to make the experience of getting a filling as pleasant as possible. Dr. Hale will listen to your concerns and will answer any questions you may have. We will get you smiling again.
When you are looking for a Naples dentist to help with a cavity or filling, make your first call be to the considerate team at Smiles by Hale. We can be reached at (239) 319-4059.