Dr. Thomas and the team at Highland Village Family Dentistry understand that you’d rather not find out at a dental checkup that you have a cavity. We don’t like to hear that and we certainly don’t like having to tell our patients that news. However, having a cavity filled nowadays is nothing like in years past. We use tooth-colored fillings High Village residents know will repair a damaged tooth as it retains your white and beautiful smile.
Tooth decay forms when the sugars in many foods we eat every day are allowed to remain on your teeth for an extended time. Left there, the bacteria that live naturally in your mouth feed on the sugar and generate acids that erode tooth enamel. At some point, the erosion causes a hole in your tooth and this is a cavity. Filling the cavity (or repairing the tooth another way) is imperative in order to stop the spread of decay and to preserve the tooth.
More often than not, you won’t be able to tell if you have a cavity—unless the decay is advanced and you’re experiencing pain. In this case, you should call our office immediately to schedule an appointment. Otherwise, cavities are found when we probe your teeth for soft spots—a telltale sign of decay—or when they are seen on a digital x-ray.
Dental Fillings Highland Village Trusts
A tooth-colored filling is made of composite resin materials that are mixed to seamlessly blend with the natural color of your tooth. These materials are the same ones Dr. Thomas uses for dental bonding when a tooth needs to be reshaped. Unlike an amalgam filling, more commonly known as a silver filling, a tooth colored filling poses no threat of mercury toxicity nor metal allergy. So, not only do these fillings look better, they are healthier for you, too.
Furthermore, a tooth-colored filling requires less tooth preparation than an amalgam filling. In other words, Dr. Thomas will need to use the drill less, which is a good thing for you and your tooth. By drilling less, we are able to preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure. This makes for a strong and durable tooth that is more likely to withstand the pressures of biting and chewing.
Caring for Your Tooth Filling, Highland Village
To prolong the life of your repaired tooth, you’ll need to care for it much that same way you do all of your other teeth. Brush twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day. And be sure to schedule your twice yearly dental checkups at Highland Village Family Dentistry. These appointments give Dr. Thomas and his staff of dental hygienists and assistants the opportunity to examine your tooth-colored fillings to make sure their integrity is intact.
If it’s time for you or a family member to schedule an appointment for a dental exam, then call Highland Village Family Dentistry in Highland Village, TX. We will carefully check for tooth decay and other concerns. Your healthy smile is our #1 concern!