If you made a list of 20 people, statistically 18 or 19 of them would have a cavity during their lives. That’s what the National Institutes of Health has reported.
We know that you would rather avoid tooth decay, and our team in Charlotte, NC wants to prevent oral health issues whenever possible. Even so, the odds are that you will have to deal with a cavity at one time or another are pretty high. If that does happen to you or someone you love, we can help you repair your smile with one of our composite tooth fillings.
Whether you need a filling or just want to avoid one as long as possible, make plans to visit McNulty & Dancausse General Dentistry soon. Call 704-766-8662 now!
Be Proactive About Preventive Care
Cavities are common because decay can go unnoticed at times. Even people who follow the American Dental Association recommendations may not do so perfectly every time. You may be brushing twice per day and flossing daily, but you could have parts of your mouth that you don’t clean as well as you think you do.
That doesn’t make you a bad person. You’re just human. It’s also a big part of the reason the ADA recommends regular dental cleanings and exams. We will remove plaque buildup that you may have missed. We’ll get rid of any tartar that may have formed on your teeth, too.
And just as important, we can provide additional treatments to make your teeth stronger against harmful bacteria. Fluoride treatment can repair minor damage before it can become decay. It’s also can remineralize your teeth, so they can resist bacteria. Dental sealants are like armor for your teeth. They create a protective barrier that bacteria have to get through before they can affect your smile.
Rebuild Your Smile
In the event that you do develop tooth decay, here is what we can do for you.
First, we can numb your tooth to prevent any pain. If you would like something more we also offer laughing gas (inhaled sedation). Keeping you comfortable is important to us.
Second, we will remove the decay and prepare your tooth for the filling. At that point, we can fill the cavity with our composite resin. When this resin is shaded, hardened, and polished, it matches the color of your natural teeth. This way, no one else needs to know that you had a cavity. That is the resin’s big advantage over metal fillings.
At the same time, the resin provides similar protection against more decay. It also lets you bite and chew without pain.
You should be aware that all fillings do wear down over time. They also may chip or crack. When you come in for your routine checkups, we’ll keep an eye on them for you. Whether you have a metal filling now or a resin one, we can replace your old filling with one of our tooth-colored fillings so you can keep smiling.
Keep Your Healthy Mouth
Having a cavity doesn’t have to lead to bigger problems. By dealing with it quickly, you can restore your smile and your bite. Just visit McNulty & Dancausse General Dentistry to get a composite tooth filling. Contact us online or call 704-766-8662.