When a cavity or trauma damages a tooth, a filling is needed to restore the tooth. Jody Jones, DDS, performs fillings at his practice in Nashville, Tennessee, and, if necessary, will cap the damaged tooth with a porcelain crown or veneer to create a lifelike restoration. To schedule a consultation to repair your damaged teeth, call or book an appointment online.
Fillings are a type of dental restoration that helps fill any major cracks, gaps, and holes in the tooth structure. Dr. Jones often performs fillings following cavity removal to restore the tooth.
Dental fillings are made with amalgam, silver, resin, and composite resin. Indirect restorations are fillings made on the outside of the mouth, such as porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers. Dr. Jones offers 100% porcelain veneers and crowns at his practice.
If your teeth are chipped, damaged, cracked, or have large cavities, but the root of the tooth is still intact, you might fare well with a filling. Dental fillings, including porcelain crowns and veneers, rebuild the tooth structure and cover up any damage. They can provide both functional and aesthetic benefits while preserving your smile.
The best time to get a filling is as soon as Dr. Jones discovers any damage or treats a cavity. The sooner you get a filling, the easier it is to preserve the tooth and minimize additional treatment. It can also be less expensive to get fillings you need when the damage is minimal.
Many people don’t know there are different types of fillings available depending on the location of the tooth and chewing surface. Dr. Jones determines which type of filling is appropriate for your teeth based on the extent of damage and location of the tooth.
During the filling procedure, Dr. Jones numbs the gum tissue and tooth before drilling out the cavity or reshaping the damaged tooth. He then fills the tooth using resin materials. In some cases, he recommends a dental crown or veneer to further strengthen the tooth.
Most insurance companies will cover the cost of fillings because the procedure helps improve the function of your teeth and oral health. It also preserves your teeth which can prevent the need for more aggressive dental work later. Dr. Jones’ office reviews your insurance benefits during your consultation.
To find out if dental restorations like fillings are right for your damaged teeth, come in and see Dr. Jones. Call the practice or schedule your consultation online.