Cavities are a common dental problem for patients in Marrero, LA. Caused from bacteria that breaks down the tooth’s enamel, a cavity can be painless at the beginning. However, if it is not fixed it can progress to causing sensitivity in the tooth, pain, greater decay, and damage, or even tooth loss. While many patients understand that the cavity needs to be addressed, Smile in Style, Diem Do DDS reminds patients that composite tooth fillings are the best option for restoration.
The next generation of tooth fillings
In the past, metal fillings were commonly used in cavity restoration. They were thought to be sturdy and reliable. However, these fillings are made up of various metals, including mercury and in recent years there has been increased concern over the potential exposure to toxins in the mercury. Further, many patients simply do not like the appearance of the metal fillings.
Using the newest and most advanced composite filling materials, this practice provides a safe and effective alternative to metal fillings. The new composite material is sturdy, long-lasting, and a direct match of the patient’s teeth. Once the cavity is filled and the tooth is restored, no one will ever know that work was performed on the tooth.
After the filling is complete, caring for the tooth only requires the same oral health hygiene practices as before. While the filling will remain intact, the area surrounding the filling is still susceptible to decay. Patients should be sure to brush and floss the restored tooth, as well as all the other teeth. Brushing and flossing removes food particles and bacteria from the teeth and gums. If not removed, these bacteria can lead to breakdown of the enamel and additional cavity issues.
When searching for a dental professional consider the individual’s approach to dental health and overall wellness. A dental practice who puts patient care first and who treats each patient with respect and holistic care can help patients achieve a healthy mouth, a beautiful smile, and overall wellness. If you want to improve your smile with composite fillings, call the team at Smile in Style, Diem Do DDS at (504) 340-9400. Dr. Do and the entire team are committed to helping you achieve a happy and healthy smile.
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