Most patients will have at least one dental carrie, or cavity, at some point in their lives. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases and affects patients of all ages. Dr. Byron Desbordes provides dental fillings in Baltimore MD, as a conservative treatment for tooth decay in his Reisterstown dentist office.
Dental fillings are the standard for treating cavities. Dr. Desbordes provides composite dental fillings for their safety and natural appearance. Composite dental fillings can be color matched to your natural teeth for a seamless and beautiful appearance. Composite fillings are metal free and provide durable results.
Traditional metal fillings are also available to accommodate a range of budgets. Metal fillings are durable and help prevent the spread of tooth decay. If you have old metal fillings that you are unhappy with, especially in the “smile-zone,” Dr. Desbordes can replace them with composite tooth colored fillings. We also offer Inlay & Onlays, root canals, and tooth extractions.
The Office is always helpful and supportive. It is like a family and everyone is friendly. My husband, who has always been afraid of going to the Dentist is even comfortable here. I would recommend Dr. Desbordes and his office…Robin C.
Dr. Desbordes and his staff always give excellent service. Puts you at ease and does not rush you and always explains what is going to occur, especially if you are like me where my pressure goes up just entering his…Brenda P.
Always professional and helpful with any situation that may arise.Kenneth G.
Dental Fillings What to Expect
Treatment for your cavity will depend on the progression of the infected tooth. If caught early, cavities can be treated with dental fillings. Dr. Desbordes will conduct a thorough oral health exam to determine the appropriate treatment needed to restore the health and function to your smile.
Your infected tooth will be cleaned and the decay will be removed. Dr. Desbordes will then fill the cleaned area with your dental filling. The dental filling will be bonded to the tooth and help prevent future decay in that spot.
Inlay & Onlays Treatment for Tooth Decay
Dr. Desbordes may recommend treating your dental cavities with an Inlay or Onlay. Inlay & Onlays are highly durable and are a preferred method to treat cavity because they form a solid seal over the treated area. Inlays & Onlays are highly resistant to future decay and can last for many years. The Inlay or Onlay will be custom designed and fabricated by our local dental lab to custom fit your smile for natural looking results.
Preventative Dental Care
The best way to prevent the development of dental cavities is through diligent preventive oral hygiene. brushing and flossing twice a day is essential to keep your teeth clean and remove plaque build up. Visiting Dr. Desbordes twice a year for dental cleanings and oral health exams can help keep teeth clean and prevent the need for advanced dental restorations such as tooth extraction.
Contrary to what many people think, fillings are not permanent. Most fillings last anywhere from 3-7 years on average but they should be examined on a yearly basis to make sure they’re holding up well. If you notice any discoloration, darkening, or chipping under the filling, schedule to see your dentist immediately. These things indicate a breakdown of the enamel and the need for replacement of the filling.
When done with composite, you should be able to eat immediately after the filling is placed with no precautions. At this point, your tooth is as good as new and you should be unable to differentiate between the filling and your natural tooth. There may be some mild to moderate sensitivity in the filled tooth but this should abate within 48 hours. If the filling is slightly over or under the level of your bite, it may take some time and wear for you to adjust.
Fillings do not usually just fall out without provocation like from an accident or trauma to your mouth. Do not try to reattach your filling if it falls out for any reason. Refrain from using your tooth and schedule a dental visit as soon as possible. Dr. Desbordes may be able to reattach your filling, or replace it.