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Discreet Treatment For Cavities

Discreet Treatment For Cavities

Welcome back to the blog of Clearwater Dental Associates!

We strive to provide comprehensive dental solutions and oral health education to our friends in the Clearwater, Florida area.

As your family’s partner for keeping your mouth healthy, we wanted to bring up something related to the Halloween season, namely cavities.

Think about all the candy your kids will bring home, and all of the sugar that each piece contains. That’s a staggering amount, right?

The important thing to remember is that candy doesn’t cause cavities, at least not directly. But the bacteria that causes decay does feed on sugar.

Don’t detract from the fun of trick or treating, but do limit the amount of candy your child consumes at one time, and please make sure that they are brushing their teeth like they mean it.

Still, your daily hygiene efforts at home and your visits to our Clearwater Dental Associates office every six months, aren’t always enough to prevent a cavity.

Addressing Tooth Decay

In the event that you do develop a cavity, you are in good company.

Most Americans will have one at some point in their life.

Discovering a cavity early enough to prevent further damage is the key, which is why our preventative dental exams are so important.

Once we become aware of the situation, we can treat your cavity, relieve any pain, and save your tooth with dental fillings.

Getting Better All The Time

It used to be that dentists would have used a mix of mercury and other metals called amalgam for creating fillings.

This worked well enough for stopping the spread of decay. But the amalgam never looked or felt quite right in your mouth. It showed up like a darker version of a scarlet letter whenever you smiled, laughed, or attempted to talk.

What’s more, old school fillings actually made your tooth more vulnerable to fracture and could cause damage to the nearby healthy tooth structures.

That’s why our Clearwater, FL dental office now uses a newer, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing material for fillings: composite.

What Is Composite?

Composite consists of a blend of resins.

One of the advantages of this material is that it matches the appearance of your natural teeth, so there won’t be any dark metallic spots on top of your teeth for people to notice or comment on.

These newfangled fillings will look and feel like they belong in your mouth.

Beyond that, composite resin has superior bonding properties that allow for much more durability.

Composite Fillings From Clearwater Dental Associates

Just like the old style, these new and improved fillings can be placed in just one convenient appointment at our Clearwater, FL dentist’s office.

Here’s how it works:

First, our Clearwater Dental Associates team will isolate the decayed tooth while protecting the rest of your mouth. Then, we will clean the tooth, remove any decay, and shape it accordingly.

Next we will mix up a batch of composite resin to closely match the natural shade of your teeth. This resin will be applied to the tooth layer by layer and hardened with the help of our industrial lamps.

To wrap up the process, your filling will be trimmed, adjusted, and polished.

That is all that needs to happen before you will be sent home with a healthier, greatly improved smile!

We Can Stop Cavities From Spreading

Don’t fool around with decay.

Dental fillings are an important component of protecting and saving teeth that have already been damaged by a cavity.

If you have a cavity and require a filling, call our Clearwater, FL dental office at 727-373-6628 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.