Plaque and acids can eat away at the enamel of teeth, exposing the sensitive dentin beneath to tooth decay. If left untreated, the tooth decay will develop into a cavity and compromise the tooth’s structure. When this happens, our dentist will often recommend a filling to repair the damage. We encourage you to speak with Dr. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and William I. Rudolph about a dental filling if you suffer from any of the following:
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to temperature
- Pain when biting and chewing
- Darkened teeth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Visible holes or pits in the tooth
After it has been decided that you need a filling to restore your tooth, our dentist will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. This ensures that the procedure is as painless as possible and you will be comfortable throughout the treatment. Dr. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and William I. Rudolph then removes the damaged portion of the tooth and disinfects the area. Using gold, amalgam, or a composite resin, they will then seal the space and polish the filling. There are different strengths to each of the materials that Rudolph Family Dentistry uses, and our doctor will explain each of them to you before beginning the procedure.
If you think that your smile might be improved by a dental filling in Columbus, Indiana, we invite you to call or visit our office today. Dr. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and William I. Rudolph loves hearing from you.