Where do cavities come from?
Cavities are caused by bacteria that live in your mouth and the acids that they excrete. When bacteria are mixed with saliva and acid, plaque is created. This sticky substance clings to your teeth, bringing your enamel in close contact with the harsh acids. Regular brushing helps remove this plaque before it can harden into tartar. Professional cleanings every six months will remove any remaining traces, further reducing your chances of developing cavities. Unfortunately, we may not be able to prevent all cavities from developing, and in this situation, our patients want an option that allows for prompt and effective treatment of the Cavity and helps them to get a bright smile appearance. At AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we focus on the beautiful and healthy smile appearance of the patient. We are happy to offer our patients metal-free tooth-colored composite resin fillings. With this new filling technology, your fillings will blend in with the natural shade of your teeth, meaning nobody ever needs to know that you’ve had a cavity.
Metal-Free Filling Technology
While old-fashioned amalgam fillings did the job adequately in the past, dental technology has advanced, and we now have state-of-the-art composite resin fillings available to offer to our patients who need cavities filled. The material that the fillings are made of can be blended to match the natural color of your teeth so that when you smile or laugh, all the other person sees are gorgeous white teeth.
Additional Benefits of Composite Fillings
In addition to the clear aesthetic advantage that metal-free tooth-colored fillings offer, these fillings have even more advantages:
Like any other metal, amalgam fillings contract and expand when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. This means that any time you indulge in a piping hot cup of tea or enjoy a frozen treat in the summertime, all your metal fillings move slightly. Over time, these minute movements make the area more susceptible to decay. They may also cause cracks and other damage to your tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings also require less removal of your natural tooth surface during placement than metal fillings. We believe in providing the most conservative treatment possible in almost every situation, and composite fillings help us to do this.
At AZ Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we take pride in staying up to date with the latest technology available. We know that giving quality care to your teeth helps you stay healthier overall. Our goal is to help you have an attractive and healthy smile that increases your self-esteem and adds to your confidence. Call us today to schedule an examination and cleaning.