Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria erode your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of different metals such as mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings do not bond well with the enamel and the mercury is hazardous to your health. At Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. in Gainesville, GA, general dentist Dr. Patrick B. Toms uses tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Toms can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment of cavities. Schedule your consultation today.
"Dr. Toms, Lorie, and entire staff have been providing dental care to my family for many years. We have complete trust in their capabilities as dental professionals as well as their honesty and integrity. It is a blessing to recieve dental care from a group of people who make you feel like family. Thank you !!!!"- S.B. / Healthgrades / Jul 16, 2019
"My family and I have been seeing Dr. Toms since he took over Dr. White’s practice a good many years ago.He is wonderful. I have tremendous anxiety about dental procedures. He has offered medication and used iv sedation when I had 6 crowns completed at the same time.All went very well and I have been extremely pleased with the results.When I have had to have a shot, I rarely even feel the needle. He has a great touch and a very personable manner.His staff is wonderful, as well. They are extremely competent and professional. We have been very pleased with Dr. Toms and his staff, recommending him to family and friends."- P.C. / Google / Jun 28, 2019
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Composite resin tooth-colored fillings often fill in the decay in the enamel once it has been cleaned by Dr. Toms. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to treat other problems with your teeth, such as chips or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is made to blend with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Toms about getting them taken out and refilled with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. is an easy process. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any fears or dental anxieties to keep you relaxed. Once you're ready, the decayed enamel can be removed using a unique dental drill that Dr. Toms will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is removed and the area is disinfected, space will be replaced with the composite material and set with a special light. Dr. Toms will smooth the filling so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to resume your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for a few days. You can use nonprescription pain relief medication to address any discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems too high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine including daily flossing and brushing. During your annual dental exam, Dr. Toms will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are ordinarily covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your personal cost. If you do not have dental insurance, Dr. Toms will go over the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
For a seamless, Natural look
Dental cavities may begin as a common problem, but it is crucial to have them treated before they develop into a larger problem. At Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. in Gainesville, GA, small areas of tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Toms makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to make a dental exam with Dr. Toms.