White Dental Fillings
Fillings and treatment of dental cavities by your Pell City Dentist
For decades, patients have enjoyed the option of ‘white’ fillings vs. silver ‘amalgam’ restorations. White dental filling materials are made up of mercury-free composite resins and are available in multiple shades to match natural tooth structure.
- Dental fillings become necessary when teeth become decayed, worn or chipped. The damaged tooth structure is removed and replaced with filling material to restore it to normal function and protect it from further damage.
- Composite resin materials are placed using an adhesive technique; after the tooth is prepared, your dentist will apply the restorative material and activate the hardening process with a special curing light.
Cosmetic dental bonding procedures are also used to repair minor defects in front teeth. The pliable resin material is ideal for concealing a gap or chipped tooth, smoothing out a shallow indentation, or adding form to an oddly shaped tooth. Many dental bonding procedures can be comfortably performed without anesthetic.
What causes Cavities?
Tooth decay occurs when destructive bacteria (dental plaque) stays in contact with tooth enamel long enough to interact with foods and sugars to form harmful acids, which destroy tooth minerals and enamel. This process creates tiny holes, or cavities, that continue to get bigger and go deeper into the tooth structure as the progression continues.
Prevention of Cavities
Regular brushing and flossing are still the best way to combat tooth decay. By continually removing the bad bacteria from the mouth and keeping the tooth surfaces clean, plaque acids have limited ability to harm tooth enamel.
No dental care routine would be complete without regular visits to the dentist for preventive cleanings and examinations. During these appointments, our general and cosmetic dentists Dr. DeShazer and Dr. Leverton will examine your teeth carefully to look for early warning signs of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.
Our dentists and dental hygienists love helping our patients keep their smiles healthy! Contact DeShazer and Leverton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your next dental check-up. We look forward to meeting you!