Tooth-Colored Fillings in Clearwater, FL
If you have a cavity, your dentist needs to remove the decay and repair the tooth with a filling. This repair stops the decay from spreading and restores your tooth's function so you can chew on it comfortably again.
At Causeway Dentistry in Clearwater, FL, we offer tooth-colored fillings that look similar to tooth enamel. When we match the filling to the white shade of your tooth, we can create a virtually invisible repair.
How Do Cavities Form?
If you know how cavities develop, you can be more proactive in preventing them!
Plaque is a sticky, bacteria-filled film that builds up on your teeth throughout the day. Bacteria in plaque produce acid that weakens tooth enamel and eventually creates a hole in your tooth that we call a cavity.
What's the Process for Getting a Tooth Filled?
When Dr. Santos places a filling, the first step is to numb your tooth, so you don't feel any pain. He then carefully removes the decay, thoroughly dries the area he's treating, and applies a liquid to the prepared tooth to roughen its surface. Dr. Santos matches the filling to the white shade of your tooth then places it in the cleaned-out cavity.
He then adds the filling material, building it up layer by layer and molding it carefully to match the tooth's shape. He uses a curing light to harden the material, and the result is a beautiful, seamless tooth repair.
What Can I Do to Prevent Cavities?
While you can't prevent every cavity, you can take steps to minimize your risk.
Six-Month Dental Checkups and Cleanings
During your six-month exams and cleanings, Dr. Santos checks for cavities and gum disease to catch them when they are small and easier to treat.
Teeth cleanings with our hygienist remove every trace of plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) and leave you with a bright, fresh, squeaky-clean smile.
Brush Twice a Day, Floss Once
Plaque buildup starts the cavity-causing process, so your goal is to keep your teeth as clean as possible. This means brushing at least twice a day: once when you wake up and again before you go to sleep.
Flossing once a day removes plaque buildup and food particles between teeth where your brush can't reach. If you're unsure how to floss correctly, ask our dental hygienist, who will be happy to show you!
Avoid Sugary and Starchy foods
Bacteria love to feed on sugar and starch (carbohydrates) in a process that produces acid that attacks tooth enamel. You already know you should avoid candies and sweets, but soft drinks and energy drinks are also loaded with sugar.
The apparent effects of smoking are stained or discolored teeth and bad breath. However, smoking also affects the gum tissue and makes you more prone to infections. This is a problem because using tobacco makes it harder for your body to fight infection when it occurs. Smoking also causes dry mouth that contributes to gum disease.
Call Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam in Clearwater
We love to find ways to help our patients cut back on dental costs and still maintain a healthy smile. The easiest is to be proactive with excellent oral hygiene, twice-yearly exams and cleanings, and sensible eating habits.
If you'd like more tips or are due for your next dental checkup, call Causeway Dentistry to schedule an appointment!