The mouth is a breeding ground for thousands of bacterial organisms. Even with the most diligent brushing habits, we sometimes lose the battle against bacteria, which results in cavities. Cavities are empty holes in your tooth resulting from tooth decay. In order to protect the rest of the tooth and prevent further decay, these holes must be filled. The majority of Americans, at some point in their lives, will have to receive fillings due to cavities. Our family dentist – Dr. Dhulab offers cosmetic fillings, a natural-looking, attractive solution to filling cavities.
What are Cosmetic Fillings?
Cosmetic fillings are natural-looking fillings made from composite resin. Whereas silver amalgam fillings are unsightly, metallic, and unnatural in appearance, cosmetic fillings are nearly invisible and they can be matched to your own natural tooth color. Why add to the unsightly appearance of ugly cavities with distracting, traditional fillings when you can choose cosmetic fillings at Idlewild Family Dentistry?
The process of getting cosmetic fillings is simple and quick. Once a cavity has been detected, Dr. Dhulab will first clean out the tooth and remove all decayed material. Dr. Dhulab will then prepare the newly cleaned tooth for bonding and fill the cavity with the composite resin. This resin is a synthetic, tooth-colored material that is extremely durable. The procedure for cosmetic fillings can be completed in just one appointment! Cosmetic fillings are a patient-friendly procedure as it offers an alternative to tooth extraction, ultimately saving you time, pain, and money.
How to Care for Your Cosmetic Fillings
If properly cared for, your cosmetic fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years! Below are general tips to get the maximum life out of your cosmetic fillings. Our dentist will recommend additional guidelines during your office visits.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride
- Brush and floss twice daily
- Avoid foods and drinks of extreme hot or cold temperatures
- Avoid grinding teeth or eating hard foods as this can cause fillings to crack
- Consult our dentist if you are experiencing sharp pains or prolonged sensitivity
- Visit our office regularly for dental check-ups and follow-up care for your cosmetic fillings
At Idlewild Family Dentistry, we believe your smile is a work in progress and that dental procedures should never impair the beauty of your natural smile. Forgo the dark spots created by traditional, metallic fillings. Instead, visit Dr. Dhulab for invisible fillings that promise to enhance your smile! Call us at (704) 893-0351 or visit our office at Idlewild Family Dentistry to learn how we can help you and your family!