Protecting Your Smile against Tooth Decay
Molar "back" teeth have very deep grooves and pits in the chewing surface that are often impossible to clean with a toothbrush. These areas become a "safe harbor" for harmful oral bacteria and can eventually develop into dental cavities.
As a preventive measure (especially for children), Dental Sealants are the first choice to help protect teeth against this destructive process. After a cavity develops, however, it becomes necessary to remove the decay and restore the tooth with a filling to prevent infection and pain.
Mercury-free "White" Fillings
Tooth-colored “white” fillings are made of composite resin material and are available in a number of natural-looking shades to match existing teeth. They are non-metallic and mercury-free, and many have fluoride-releasing properties.
Large areas of decay and broken tooth structure typically require more durable restorations such as conservative gold restorations or crowns. White composite fillings, however, can be a great solution for minor repairs.
Signs & Symptoms of Dental Decay include:
- Sensitivity to hot, cold or sweets
- Deep, dark stains in the tooth surface
- Areas between teeth that catch and snag dental floss
- "Holes" in teeth
- Tooth pain, swelling and abscesses
Dental decay is progressive and unstoppable without treatment. The only way to arrest dental decay is by removing it and placing a restoration to prevent recurrence. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact us to address the problem as soon as possible.
Protecting Your Teeth and Your Budget
It is important to uncover small areas of decay as early as possible. Regular preventive care with necessary xrays is your family's best defense against dental decay.
Everyone deserves a healthy smile! Please Contact Us to learn more about caring for your smile.