Tooth-Colored Fillings in Chesapeake, VA
As dentists, when we educate our patients about how a healthy smile can benefit them, they tend to take steps to improve their oral health. As a result, tooth decay and gum disease decline.
Even so, the National Institutes of Health indicates that of all adults aged 20 to 64, 26 percent have untreated cavities (caries). At our Great Bridge, Chesapeake dental office, we use tooth-colored dental fillings to restore your tooth to full health and leave you with a more attractive smile.
How You Get Dental Cavities
A cavity occurs when bacteria-filled plaque on your teeth produce acid that eats away at tooth enamel and penetrates the layers beneath it. One way you can avoid getting cavities is by brushing and flossing conscientiously and staying current with routine dental exams and cleanings.
If you do develop tooth decay, it’s essential to have it addressed as soon as possible. Cavities don’t go away on their own; you will eventually experience a toothache that will worsen as decay spreads to the nerves of the tooth. Without treatment, a small cavity that could have been addressed with a simple filling may require more advanced and costly solutions like a root canal.
Why We Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings have an appearance that mimics dental enamel because the material is a composite of glass and resin particles. Our dentists create seamless repairs because they customize the color of the material to closely match the shade of the tooth. Our patients appreciate the natural appearance of composite fillings, and we prefer them because they are a treatment approach that improves your oral health and protects your smile conservatively.
Beyond aesthetics, composite dental fillings are an excellent choice because we place them directly on the tooth’s structure, which creates a durable bond and a long-lasting repair.
Since we can create a seamless repair using composite filling material, we also recommend them as an affordable alternative for addressing certain smile flaws, such as:
- Fill in chipped or broken teeth
- Even out spaces between teeth
- Eliminate gaps between teeth
- Alter the shape or size of the tooth
- Conceal tooth staining or discoloration
How You Can Avoid Tooth Decay
The key to reducing your risk for cavities is prevention. This means you should:
- Brush at least twice a day and floss once
- Schedule and keep routine dental exams and cleanings
- Avoid sweet or acidic foods that increase your risk for decay
If you follow these steps, you may never have to worry about getting a cavity. When we see you every six months for exams and hygiene appointments, we can find and treat decay in its earliest stages which saves you the discomfort of a toothache in the future.
Call Us to Arrange a Dental Appointment
If you suspect you have a cavity or want to schedule a preventive dental exam and cleaning, please call Bennett A. Thomas, DDS and Associates.