Our Fairhope, AL dentist’s office wants to make it easy for you to stay on track with your oral health. So, today we’d like to talk about one of our specialties: restorative dentistry. In particular, we want to tell you how we handle cavities: with tooth-colored fillings that are painless and pleasant to receive. Here’s the thing: at Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry we do not use any type of mercury fillings in our office. We are considered 100% metal-free for your safety and protection. So, keep reading, and then be sure to follow up and schedule your next appointment with Dr. Boles.
Restorative Dentistry In Fairhope, AL
Let’s start by outlining what restorative dentistry entails. This is the realm of dentistry wherein we restore some aspect of your oral health after you have experienced something bad, like a cavity, for instance.
If we detect any cavities or decay in your mouth, we won’t waste any time before we install a simple filling to save your smile and to save your pocketbook from more unpleasant and costly procedures later on. You’ll be happy to know that we only move on to root canals and extractions when it is too late for conservative measures.
Dr. Boles believes that prevention is always your best bet. But statistics tell us that it, as a modern American, some form of decay is likely to happen to you over the course of your lifetime. Therefore, discovering a cavity early enough to prevent further damage is the next best thing you can do for maintaining your good oral health.
Our Fillings Are Easy & Effective
For many years now, dentists have typically relied a mix of mercury and other metals called amalgam for fillings. The effectiveness of such treatments has never been in question. That said, there have been various complaints about the metal itself, over the decades. And that only makes sense.
For one thing, amalgam is not subtle and so it is a stark contrast against your otherwise pearly whites. What’s more, old-school fillings can actually make your tooth more vulnerable to fracture and cause damage to the nearby healthy tooth structures.
That’s why, in this office, we now exclusively use a newer, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing material for fillings: composite. Composite consists of a blend of resins that lends itself well to the appearance of your natural teeth. Unlike metal, they will look and feel like they actually belong in your mouth.
In addition to being able to fill a cavity very discreetly, composite resin also has superior bonding properties that allow for much more durability.
Don’t worry, getting a tooth-colored filling is easy at our Fairhope practice. We will begin by numbing the area in question. And if you are anxious about the procedure, we have good options for relaxing you. Next, we will clean the cavity by removing the decayed tissue. After the cavity has been cleaned, we will apply the putty-like composite resin material in thin layers. We will shape these layers to match the surface of your tooth. Finally, We will harden the resin with a high-intensity light and polish it to match the sheen of your natural tooth. That’s all there is to it.
Why Not Restore Your Smile Today?
Your oral health is too important to ignore. If you suspect that you have a cavity and need a dental filling, contact us immediately to schedule an appointment. We’ll get you smiling big again in no time. With the new year just beginning, there couldn’t be a better time to get back on the good road.