Today’s dental fillings keep your smile looking bright, healthy, and beautiful. We incorporate minimally-invasive strategies that treat cavities early, before they lead to emergencies or broken teeth. As your family’s oral health provider, each treatment plan is designed around our patients’ unique needs and priorities.
Why Do I Need a Filling?
Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that causes physical destruction to your smile. Once a cavity has ruptured through the outer layer of your enamel, it can quickly erode the inner layers and lead to an abscess. Treating your cavity while it’s small is the best (and most affordable) way to keep your smile healthy.
Unfortunately, cavities cannot heal themselves. In fact, they often “jump” to adjacent teeth, especially if you do not floss regularly. Our Slidell family dentist will help you treat the decay and prevent other areas from following suit.
Types of Dental Fillings
We offer two types of dental fillings in our Slidell practice: white (composite) and amalgam (silver.) Dr. Cambre prefers to use white fillings when possible because they bond closely with your tooth structure and blend in with your smile. They’re also free of mercury, which is a concern for some of our patients. Silver fillings are ideal in teeth that are difficult to dry, but they require a larger opening and are more invasive to the tooth.
Dr. Stephen M. Cambre
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Catching Decay Early
For the least invasive care available, we regularly screen for signs of cavities before symptoms develop. The smaller the area of decay is, the more tooth structure we can preserve.
Symptoms of cavities sometimes include:
Once a cavity is large enough to see on your own, it may require something more extensive than a dental filling — such as a crown — to repair it.
Gentle Cavity Treatment
What to Expect During Treatment
If you’ve never had a filling before, it’s normal to feel a little anxious about the appointment. Fortunately, Dr. Stephen Cambre is known for being extremely gentle! We’ll ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible from start to finish. Using a small amount of anesthetic, your tooth will be completely numbed for the duration of the procedure.
Think You Have a Cavity? Call Today
Schedule an exam with our gentle family dentist. We’ve proudly served Slidell for over 20 years!