Treat cavities and protect your oral health with tooth-colored dental fillings. Call our friendly staff at (303) 337-2794 to schedule your appointment.
Dental fillings are the first line of treatment for cavities and progressive tooth decay. If left untreated, cavities can infect the tooth root, leading to serious conditions or even tooth loss. A dental filling is a safe, effective procedure to remove tooth decay and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Sanders & Soult Family Dentistry provides dental fillings, examinations, and preventative care patients can rely on.
Signs You May Need a Tooth Filling
Dental fillings replace infected, decayed tooth material with a stable filling material to restore the tooth structure. Almost everyone will require at least one filling at some point in their lives because small pockets of tooth decay are common.
Any of these symptoms require a check-in with a dental professional:
- Toothache and pain
- Frequent sensitivity in one area
- Dark spots on teeth
- Stains in different colors on teeth
- Deep pits and grooves
After inspecting the problem area, dentists will determine if a dental filling is necessary to fill the cavity.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Teeth naturally lose minerals every day. Some things that contribute to the acceleration of tooth decay include:
- Sugars: The sugar in drinks like soda and juice and foods like gummy candy is not good for oral health and allow bacteria to feed for long periods. In turn, this leads to decay.
- Acid: Acidic food and drinks break down tooth enamel leaving it vulnerable to decay.
- Bacteria: Bacteria builds up when patients don’t follow good oral hygiene habits.
- Plaque: Plaque and tartar accumulate, making it hard to clean the teeth. This leaves them susceptible to decay.
The Tooth Filling Process
At Sanders & Soult Family Dentistry, our dental professionals use dental fillings to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. While this may seem overwhelming, it’s a fairly straightforward process.
During a tooth filling, your dentist removes the damaged area of the tooth using various dental instruments, like drills. While the drill sounds intimidating, the process is usually pain-free, thanks to local anesthetics that numb the area.
After removing the decay, your dentist fills the area with filling material. A filling is made of silver amalgam, composite, and other materials and prevents bacteria from growing in that area.
Tooth-colored fillings made of biocompatible composite plastic have become the most popular option. Your dentist matches the resin to the exact shade of your teeth for a natural look.
Take Control of Your Oral Health Today
While tooth decay is common, it’s incredibly important to take preventative measures for your oral health. We recommend you visit Sanders & Soult Family Dentistry for an examination two times per year. During these check-ups, our dentists and dental hygienists will clean your teeth to prevent decay and inspect for cavities.
We work with you to combat tooth decay, repair dental fillings, and properly maintain your oral health. Call (303) 337-2794 to schedule your appointment with Sanders & Soult Family Dentistry in Aurora, CO.
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