Smile Confidently With Tooth-Colored Fillings
Cavities can harm more than just the integrity of your tooth enamel; they can also impact how your teeth appear if you've received antiquated amalgam restorations. In her Redlands office, your dentist, Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stott, helps her patients have the healthiest—and the brightest—smiles possible, with the help of tooth-colored fillings. Read on to learn how these restorations beautifully fix decay issues.
How Decay Happens
Cavities develop when oral bacteria secrete harmful acids onto your tooth enamel. Termed Strep microbes, this bacteria-type thrives in the sticky plaque and hard tartar that remains from the foods you consume, particularly carbohydrates. The resulting bacteria-filled biofilms then create the perfect environment for tooth decay.
To keep ahead of plaque and tartar, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends twice-a-day brushing with a fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, keep interdental spaces and the gum line clean with daily flossing. Finally, make sure to visit Dr. Hamrick-Stotts every six months for an examination and professional cleaning.
Treating Decay With Tooth-Colored Fillings
Even when we work hard on caring for our teeth and gums, tooth decay may still occur. Some people seem more prone to develop it, and as time goes on, tooth enamel thins, giving rise to decay.
If your Redlands dentist discovers decay, likely she will recommend filling it with a tooth-colored material. Most cases do well with composite resin, a unique combination of glass particles and durable plastics, as it bears the stresses of chewing very well and requires substantially less enamel removal than traditional amalgam does.
Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call
If it's time for your six-month cleaning or if you think a tooth may be developing a cavity, please call the Redlands, CA, office of dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stott for an appointment: (909) 793-9711.