Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings in Hazelwood, MO
Do you need a tooth-colored filling in Bridgeton, MO? For many patients, the news that they have a cavity comes as a surprise. This realization may lead to concern that everyone will know they have had a cavity thanks to the dark metal of the filling.
At our office, we don’t think that a cavity should give you a permanent discoloration on your tooth. Dr. Burgdorf, our Bridgeton, MO dentist, uses a resin composite filling material shaded to match the shade of your existing tooth accurately. Once we place the filling, nobody (except us) will ever know that you’ve had a cavity – and that’s the way it should be!
The Composite Filling Advantage
In addition to appearing natural and matching the shade of your existing teeth, composite fillings in Bridgeton have even more advantages over the older metal fillings:
- Composite fillings don't require as much removal of your tooth structure compared with traditional fillings, allowing you to keep more of your tooth and preventing your tooth from being too weak.
- Since composite fillings adhere to the structure of your tooth, they won't fall out accidentally.
- Composite filling resin remains constant, without reacting to heat or cold by expanding or contracting like traditional fillings; the integrity of your filling does not change over time.
While metal fillings were an effective way of stopping cavities for decades, composite resin fillings - or tooth-colored fillings in Bridgeton, MO - are a better solution. Our office is dedicated to always providing our patients with the highest quality materials and techniques available.
What Causes Cavities?
While sugar many blame sugar for causing cavities, the real culprit is bacteria in your mouth. Sugar does play a role, however.
When you have high levels of sugar in your mouth, the bacteria thrive and produce an acid. The acid and bacteria mix with your saliva to form plaque, a sticky substance that coats your teeth. When the acid in the plaque is allowed to remain in contact with your teeth, it erodes the enamel. Eventually, small areas of your tooth collapse, creating holes. These holes are the cavities.
Brushing is essential because it removes the film of plaque from your teeth. If you choose to consume foods or drinks that are high in sugar, rinse your mouth out with water afterward. Regular cleanings with our skilled dental hygienist Ashley helps to remove the last traces of plaque that brushing can’t reach. This approach gives you a fresh start every six months.
Routine examinations help us to catch cavities when they are small and easily treated. Without prompt treatment, cavities continue to grow and can cause severe damage to your tooth that will require more extensive treatment, which we’d like to avoid if possible!
Most of the time, cavities do not have any noticeable symptoms until they have become fairly extensive and are irritating the nerve of your tooth. Keeping up with your examinations and cleanings will prevent cavities from developing this far.
If you are experiencing tooth pain or if it’s time for a routine cleaning and examination, give our office a call today!