Tooth decay is a serious condition that can negatively impact the health and appearance of the smile. Also known as cavities, tooth decay can eat away at the natural tooth enamel of a tooth and cause permanent damage. In most situations, if patients are diagnosed with their condition early, the decay can be easily treated with dental fillings.
What are dental fillings?
Dental fillings are a way for a dentist such as Dr. Eric Wiitala to seal off a tooth and keep decay from getting deeper and larger. At his practice, he is proud to use porcelain white fillings. Porcelain is a material that is extremely strong and mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. It is often used in other dental restorations such as dental crowns, dental bridges, and veneers. Porcelain fillings last a long time when placed, and offer an aesthetic appearance.
How do I know if I need a filling?
During routine examinations, Dr. Eric Wiitala may be able to spot areas of decay that are becoming problematic for patients. Sometimes patients are not even aware they have tooth decay present, which is why recall appointments every six months are strongly encouraged. Dr. Eric Wiitala can spot areas of decay either during a physical evaluation or with the assistance of dental x-rays. If decay is spotted, treatment should be done as soon as possible to keep the area from developing further. Fillings are used to stop decay and seal the tooth so bacteria cannot enter into the enamel and cause an infection. With porcelain white fillings, patients will never notice that an area of their tooth has been treated for decay. Porcelain is also a biocompatible material with the smile and is highly recommended over materials used in other dental practices such as metal and silver amalgam.
Request an appointment today to learn about restorative dental treatments available with Dr. Eric Wiitala
If you live in or around Scottsdale, AZ and are interested in quality dental care, we encourage you to visit the practice of Dr. Eric Wiitala. The office is located in Suite #B250 at 9755 North 90th Street and can be reached for an appointment at (480) 657-6981.