Taking a few extra minutes out of your day to take care of your teeth can pay off in time, money, and appearance in the long run. Good oral hygiene includes daily flossing and brushing, as well as regular dentist visits. Without consistent flossing and brushing, bacteria and plaque begin to build up, causing tooth decay and sometimes gum disease. Visiting your dentist biannually ensures not only that you get a professional tooth cleaning for those hard-to-reach places, but it also gives Nashville cosmetic dentist Dr. Wells an opportunity to check for cavities and tooth decay.
When tooth decay is caught early it can easily be treated with tooth-colored fillings or composite bonding. If left undetected, tooth decay can worsen and require more significant restorations down the road such as root canals, dental crowns, or extractions.
Tooth-colored fillings are the most common treatment for tooth decay and cavities. After the decay is removed, the space in the tooth is filled with a composite or porcelain material that blends in with the texture and color of your surrounding teeth. While silver amalgam fillings used to be the only option for dental fillings, tooth-colored fillings have increased significantly in popularity in recent years. The materials that make up tooth-colored fillings have been strengthened with time to withstand more pressure so that they are an option for more teeth. Whether you need to fill a new cavity, or want to replace your old silver amalgam fillings for a more natural look that is also teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings provide an excellent cosmetic dental solution.
To learn more about the options for restoring your smile with tooth-colored fillings, or composite bonding, call the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry at (615) 866-5151 in Nashville to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Wells.