Fillings are done to remove decay and replace the affected tooth structure. In our office we place a tooth colored filling that is bonded to the natural tooth. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection.
Bonding is a procedure in which a tooth colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light to restore or improve a person's smile. This is done to repair damage to the tooth due to decay, to close spaces between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. Call today if you have questions about bonding.
Sealants are a preventative method used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time. Dr. Hottinger or a Hygienist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy. This procedure is covered by most insurances, usually with an age restriction. Sealing molars and premolars early can save money and prevent tooth decay.
X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and to not use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take X-rays using 50-70% less radiation versus conventional X-rays. Coupled with computer monitoring, digital x-ray technology allows us to enhance the images for better diagnosis of any dental concerns.