Posts for tag: Damaged Teeth

By Mission Hill Dental
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Natural White SmileDental fillings can help resolve damage done by cavities. Your dentist in New Braunfels, TX, Drs. Horacio Lucero and Fred Willard, provides tooth-colored fillings, as well as other types, to restore teeth.

Tooth-colored Fillings

Most people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General.

Tooth-colored fillings are a popular composite. They are a more expensive choice that lasts longer, but doesn't require as much drilling compared to amalgam. The fillings are usually preferred by individuals who don't want visible fillings since they are made of plastic resin and a filler, finely ground glass-like particles.

What do they fix?

Tooth-colored fillings fix issues such as chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth, and short teeth. They also seal holes caused by cavities. A cavity results from bacterial plaque that produces acid and creates holes (cavities) in teeth. If not detected early on, serious issues may occur, like receding gums. Your New Braunfels dentist cleans and disinfects the cavity, then seals it with the filling to protect the integrity of the tooth.

There are many advantages to tooth-colored fillings. After your dentist has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural. They won't look gray like when silver amalgam is used. The composite strengthens your teeth and seals cracks to protect teeth from future bacteria.

Dental Care:

Dental fillings require the same care as all your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, for two minutes.
  • Drink water to help wash away food debris.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
  • Use Fluoride-containing products, like toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris between teeth.
  • Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Consultation:

If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, don't hesitate to call Drs. Horacio Lucero and Fred Willard in New Braunfels, TX. You can reach them at (830) 625-7322.