We offer beautiful tooth-colored fillings to rebuild teeth after decay.
Has one of our Owings Mills, MD, dentists, Dr. Herbert Mendelson, Dr. Harold Mendelson or Dr. Amie Hurley, recently told you that you have a cavity? If so, our dental team understands just how frustrating that news can be; however, rest assured that you are in good hands with us. Not only are cavities incredibly easy to treat (they are the most common dental issue among children and adults, after all) but also we offer tooth-colored fillings to restore the tooth’s strength and appearance back to normal again.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings or amalgam fillings are now the most common way to treat a cavity. After all, with people becoming more and more concerned with maintaining healthy, vibrant smiles these tooth-colored fillings will blend in with the tooth so they won’t be visible. While the goal should always be to maintain good oral health to protect against decay, if a cavity does happen, know that our Owings Mills, MD, family dentist can easily restore the tooth and improve its appearance with a composite filling. This material is applied, shaped and hardened to the tooth in order to rebuild and improve its appearance, strength and functionality.
What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?
There are many reasons why a dentist may choose to place a tooth-colored filling over other filling options. The most obvious is that a composite filling matches the color of the tooth so it’s esthetically pleasing. No one will be able to tell that you have a dental filling. This makes it a particularly popular option when filling teeth that are visible when you smile. The composite resin used to fill a tooth is also incredibly durable and can last up to a decade or longer. Lastly, because the type of filling bonds directly to the tooth we don’t have to remove as much enamel, making this a more conservative treatment option when treating a cavity.
What are the signs of a cavity?
Wondering whether you may have a cavity? Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms so it’s possible that you could have one and not even know it. This is why it’s so important to see a dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. These routine checkups could help our dental team spot issues early on when they are much easier to treat. In fact, decay caught during its earliest stages can even be reversed with the proper care.
However, sometimes a cavity can give you a warning sign, which usually comes in the form of a toothache. If you are dealing with a sudden toothache a cavity is most likely to blame. Take a look at the tooth. If you notice a dark spot this is also a sign of a cavity. If you are experiencing a toothache it’s important that you see your dentist as soon as possible, as this is considered a dental emergency.
Cavities happen, but it’s important that you have a dentist in Owings Mills, MD, that you trust to provide you with the dental care you need when you need it most. Whether you need to schedule a cleaning, have a tooth examined or want to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options, call Mendelson Family Dentistry at (410) 356-4100 for an appointment.