One of the most common dental problems that patients face and that dentists treat is tooth decay. Minor tooth decay is generally easy to treat, while major tooth decay often requires much more substantial treatment. It’s for that reason that you should visit a Dallas cosmetic dentistry practice regularly. Going to the dentist every six months can prevent minor dental problems from become major health issues.
About Dental Caries (Cavities)
Cavities form as a result of the bacteria in the mouth eating sugars and food particles left on the teeth. This creates a film called plaque, which can gradually eat away at the structure of a tooth. Over time, the strength of a tooth can be severely compromised, and tooth decay can also result in discoloration. A cosmetic dentist in Plano can identify cavities in early stages of development and prevent them from getting worse.
In order to prevent cavities from forming, the basics are ideal: brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day as well. If you do have a cavity, then you can get dental fillings placed as treatment.
How Dental Fillings Work
Dental fillings are used to help restore the overall structure and strength of a tooth. The first step will be the removal of compromised tooth material. Then, the dental filling is placed in the prepped portion of the tooth.
There are two kinds of dental fillings: metal fillings and white/tooth-colored fillings. The former have been the standard for many years while the latter has grown in popularity like Dallas porcelain veneers given their many benefits.
Aesthetic Benefits of White Fillings Over Metal Fillings
The most obvious benefit is the one you can see--or, more accurately, the benefit that you cannot see. White fillings blend in seamlessly with the rest of a tooth whereas metal fillings had a noticeable dark grey appearance. White fillings are ideal for achieving the best possible smile makeover results.
Dental Health Benefits of White Fillings Over Metal Fillings
White fillings require less removal of tooth structure than metal fillings do. This is ideal since patients should retain as much natural tooth structure as possible for optimal dental health.
Metal fillings have a tendency to slightly expand or shrink during very high temperatures or very low temperatures, meaning that subtle damage may be done to the tooth over time. White fillings will retain their shape no matter the heat (or lack thereof).
Perhaps most importantly, metal fillings of the past often contained mercury, which is highly toxic and bad for the health. White fillings are completely safe and contain no harmful composites or materials.
Alternatives to Dental Fillings
For major tooth decay, another treatment will be required. Common treatment options include inlays, onlays, and dental crowns. The best option for you will be discussed during a consultation at our practice.
Schedule a Consultation for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
For more information about dental fillings, cavity prevention, and other important dental care topics, be sure to contact our cosmetic dentistry practice in Plano today. The entire team here is eager to discuss these matters with you in greater detail.