July 5, 2017
Here’s some good news: regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings will go along way toward keeping tooth decay and gum disease out of your life. But if you should ever have to deal with a cavity, Dr. Anderson will be able to restore your health and get you smiling again before you know it. Keep reading to hear more about how our tooth-colored fillings work, then be sure to follow up and schedule your next dental appointment in Virginia Beach!
There Are Better Options Now
Over the years, cavities have typically been treated with metallic dental fillings. These treatments were so named because they involve a digging out of the decay and a filling in of the remaining hole with some other substance. Let’s be clear, traditional fillings did what they needed to do and they worked well enough. Still, they did raise a few concerns from patients, and they definitely looked strange sitting on top of your teeth Fortunately, at our Virginia Beach dentist’s office, we now use the subtle, mercury-free variety of dental fillings to treat tooth decay.
Mercury-Free Fillings Have Advantages
Truth be told, many patients feel uncomfortable any time unnatural substances have to come into contact with their bodies. That is not at all unreasonable. And since the silver amalgam that goes into conventional fillings is actually a paste comprised of mercury along with other metals, that makes it all the worse to think about given the reputation mercury has earned over the centuries.
Our mercury-free fillings, by comparison, are comprised of composite resin, glass ionomer or ceramic, which means that these fillings are tooth-colored, biocompatible materials that contain no mercury or other metals. One huge advantage is that they will look and feel completely natural in your mouth. Plus, these new and improved fillings allow for increased durability by bonding directly to your tooth structure. The old style process weakened your tooth and left it more vulnerable to fracture.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Look Amazing
During your tooth-colored fillings procedure, we will first isolate the tooth in question while protecting the rest of your mouth. Then, we will clean the tooth, remove all signs of decay, and re-shape it. The proper shade of composite resin is then mixed to match your teeth and is applied to the tooth in question layer by layer. As the process unfolds, each layer is hardened by special light. In the end, your filling is trimmed, adjusted, and polished. Then you will be good to go!
What If It Is Too Late For A Dental Filling?
In the event that your tooth decay is more severe, Dr. Anderson may be able to treat your tooth with a same-day dental crown or dental onlay (partial crown). In more extreme cases, he can perform root canal therapy or assist with the dental implant process.
Learn More, Get Started!
We hope that you have been inspired to let us help keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great. To learn more and get started, call us today at (757) 273-8809! You’ll be glad you did!