Restore the beauty and health of damaged teeth with natural-looking fillings from the office of Joseph F. DeSantis and Associates LLC.
Cavities are a commonly occurring dental problem and most of us have had them at some point in our lives. A cavity is caused by the attack of acid and bacteria on a tooth. You may have a cavity if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain while chewing
- Chips of cracks on the teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Presence of white spots or chalky areas on the teeth
- Darkening in certain areas or on the entire tooth
The most common way to restore a tooth affected by cavities is a filling. Dental fillings work by replacing the decayed part of a tooth with a resilient material to prevent further damage. Earlier, amalgam or metal fillings were used to fill the teeth. These were dark in color and visibly noticeable. Another major disadvantage of metal fillings is that they expand and contract with temperature changes in the mouth, thereby weakening the tooth structure.
Nowadays, composite fillings are being increasingly adopted as a healthier and more aesthetic alternative to metal fillings. They are safe and can be made to match the natural color of your teeth. The best part about composite fillings is that that they protect against further tooth decay by forming a highly effective seal. They allow for more preservation of the natural tooth structure as compared to amalgam fillings and strengthen the teeth, making them less prone to fractures and cracking.
If your teeth are showing signs of decay and damage, please do not delay treatment any further. Untreated decay can quickly spread and damage your tooth structure. Contact our experts for a consultation so that the decayed part of your tooth (teeth) can be removed and replaced with aesthetic looking, safe and effective metal-free composite fillings. For more information, please schedule a consultation by calling our office at 610-601-5547.