Composite Dental Fillings in Bridgeton
Remember, tooth decay impacts patients of all ages, including adults. And your dentist in Bridgeton, MO is here to repair that decay aesthetically.
For many of our 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 tooth decay thanks to the dark metal of the filling.
At our Bridgeton, MO dental office, we don’t think that a cavity should give you permanent discoloration on your tooth. Dr. Burgdorf uses a composite filling material (or white filling) shaded to match the color of your existing tooth accurately. Once we place the filling, nobody (except us) will ever know that you’ve had a dental cavity, and that’s the way it should be!
For more information on our tooth-colored fillings in Bridgeton, MO, or to arrange an exam and teeth cleaning, contact a member of our dental team today.
Also, read through the information below to learn more about our approach to tooth decay and our philosophies on prevention.
- Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
- How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
- How Dental Bonding Relates to Tooth-Colored Fillings
- What Causes Cavities?
- How to Lower Your Risks for Tooth Decay
Advantage of Tooth-Colored Fillings
In addition to appearing natural and matching the shade of your existing teeth, composite fillings 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 it from being too slight and 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 dental cavities for decades, composite resin fillings—or tooth-colored fillings—are a better solution. Our Bridgeton dentist office is dedicated to always providing our patients with the highest quality materials and techniques available.
How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
Your comfort is extremely important to us, so before we begin filling your cavity, we’ll take steps to make sure that your tooth is numb so that you don’t feel a thing.
Once you are comfortable, we’ll begin by carefully removing the decayed portion of your tooth. One of the features we love about tooth-colored fillings is that we don’t have to remove as much healthy tooth material as we do with amalgam fillings, which allows us to preserve more of your tooth.
After the area has been cleaned and sterilized, we’ll start applying the filling in layers, curing each layer as it is applied. This allows the material to actually bond with your tooth, holding it in place securely and significantly reducing the risk of the filling falling out later.
Once the entire cavity has been filled, we’ll gently scrape away any extra filling material and then polish the tooth so that it blends in perfectly with your enamel. When the filling is complete, it’s highly unlikely that even you will be able to tell where it is!
Additionally, if you have older silver fillings that are breaking down—or if you find them unsightly—ask your Bridgeton, MO dentist about replacing these restorations with composite resin to enhance your smile.
In our dental office, we treat patients of all ages, and our tooth-colored fillings work beautifully for children and adults.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding & Tooth Colored Fillings
If you’re considering dental bonding near Bridgeton, congratulations. This is an inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure that relies on the same material your dentist uses for tooth-colored fillings.
This procedure calls for spreading tooth-colored resin over your tooth to conceal flaws like discoloration, chips, shape issues or small gaps between teeth. Your dentist hides these problems and then uses a special light to set the resin.
Like tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding resin is colored to match your smile.
What Causes Cavities?
While many blame sugars 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, help to remove the last traces of plaque that brushing can’t reach. This approach gives you a fresh start every six months.
Routine dental examinations help Dr. Burgdorf 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 may include a dental crown or even an extraction.
We want to help you avoid costly or time-consuming dental treatment whenever possible, which is why we emphasize preventive dentistry in Bridgeton, MO.
How to Lower Your Risks for Tooth Decay
Preventive dentistry is the hallmark of long-term smile health. It calls for twice-yearly dental checkups and teeth cleans—this is also the schedule recommended by the American Dental Association.
If you have a preexisting condition like gingivitis or gum disease, your dentist further customizes this schedule.
Regular dental checkups at our dentist office in Bridgeton, MO include:
- X-rays as needed
- A thorough exam
- A cancer screening
Following your exam, your dentist discusses all findings with you and lays out the possible treatment options if you do have an oral health issue.
Professional teeth cleanings are often performed during your preventive checkup. During this portion of your appointment, our hygienist clears away the ingredients that cause preventable health conditions like cavities and gum disease.
For your part, we strongly recommend brushing and flossing at least two times every day, especially before sleep. If you do drink sugary or acidic beverages—or meals and snacks—be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly.
If you have gingivitis or are prone to cavities, your dentist or hygienist may recommend a more customized brushing and flossing schedule. Your dentist may also suggest dental sealants or fluoride treatments.
Dental sealants help lock bacteria away from your enamel. And fluoride treatments fortify teeth to help keep enamel strong and resistant. Sealants and fluoride treatments can be used for patients of all ages, including children.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam with Dr. Burgdorf!
Most of the time, dental 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 dental examinations and teeth cleanings will prevent cavities from developing this far.
If you are experiencing tooth pain or if it’s time to schedule a routine dental cleaning and examination, give our office a call today at (314) 291-9000!
We are only a few minutes away from the Hazelwood, Champ, Earth City, and Maryland Heights areas!