If you are experiencing tooth pain, a cavity caused by decay may be the source. During a routine dental exam, a cavity may be identified as an area that looks dark brown or black. Cavities are caused by bacteria contained in the plaque that develops in your mouth. These bacteria interact with elements in the food you eat, creating an acidic environment, which dissolves the protective enamel on the outer layer of your tooth. Once the decay process creates a cavity, it is essential to have it treated and filled, before the decay spreads deeper into the tooth, causing more pain and costly treatments.
At Weninger Dentistry, we understand concerns regarding the use of metal fillings, and offer our patients mercury-free dentistry. This involves the use of new advanced composite fillings made of tooth-colored materials that contain no metal.
An advantage composite fillings offer over traditional metal fillings is the ability to match your natural tooth color. Consisting of plastic and glass particles, composite fillings are currently the most popular filling materials because of the aesthetic benefits and also because they solidly bond to the tooth. Because the composite fillings are hardened by applying a high intensity blue light, it only takes a few seconds for the materials to set.
If you would like to learn more about mercury-free dentistry and composite fillings, or suspect you may have a cavity that needs to be filled, please contact us for an appointment.