Easy Cavity Treatments
Easy Cavity Treatments
Hello again! Thanks for coming back to our oral health blog. We hope that you are finding lots of good dentistry-related information here.
We do have a bit of bad news for you, now that December is here. We have to tell you that, if you have developed a cavity anytime this year, then you may well be getting a lump of coal in your stocking. It’s a long-standing arrangement that dentists have with the North Pole. Just kidding, if your Clearwater, FL dentist has anything to do with it, Santa will never even know about it!
Clearwater Dental Associates can help you keep your mouth fresh and clean all through the year with our preventative dentistry services, and we can also help you restore your smile when things fall apart.
That’s why we are here: to keep your mouth looking and feeling its best, no matter what challenges unfold along the way!
You probably already know that dentists everywhere have treated cavities much the same way for decades: with dental fillings.
That isn’t going to change anytime soon, but, as of late, the fillings themselves are new and improved, making this treatment more pleasant and discreet.
A New Solution To An Old Problem
In earlier eras, dentists would have used a mix of mercury and other metals, collectively called amalgam, for concocting the dental fillings that fought off cavities.
We have to admit that amalgam fillings worked reasonably well for halting the spread of tooth decay. That said, the amalgam never looked or felt quite right in your mouth. Weird splashes of dark metal remained on top of your teeth (to remind you of your cavity) years after your treatment.
What’s more, traditional fillings actually made your tooth more vulnerable to fracture and could cause damage to the nearby healthy tooth structures. That was one area that definitely needed to be improved upon.
In any event, you’ll be happy to know that your Clearwater, FL dentist now uses a forward-looking and more aesthetically pleasing material for fillings: composite. It has several distinct advantages besides being the latest thing to come along.
Composite consists of a blend of resins, which is definitely a good thing.
A big benefit of using this material is that it matches the appearance of your natural teeth, so there won’t be any dark metallic spots left on top of your teeth to forever memorialize your episode of tooth decay.
These newfangled fillings will look and feel like they actually belong in your mouth.
Plus, composite resin has superior bonding properties that allow for much more durability without weakening any structural components of your tooth. This helps make them a longer-lasting solution.
Composite Fillings At Clearwater Dental Associates
Not unlike regular old dental fillings, these new and improved composite fillings can be placed in just one convenient appointment at our Clearwater, FL dentist’s office.
The non-invasive treatment works like this:
The Clearwater Dental Associates team will first isolate the decayed tooth while meticulously protecting the rest of your mouth. Then, the tooth in question will be cleaned. Once we have removed the decay, we will shape it as needed.
Next, we will mix up a batch of composite resin to 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 finish up the process, your filling will be trimmed, adjusted, and polished.
That is pretty much all it will take to restore the health and appearance of your smile.
With us, you can trust that it will be easy and effective. And Santa will never know.
Caring For Cavities In Clearwater
Now that you know all about dental fillings, we hope you will do something about any decay that is currently present in your mouth. Trust us, you wouldn’t want to end up requiring a root canal or extraction!
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.
We promise to make it a pleasant and pain-free experience!