Tooth Coloured Fillings And Other Dental Fillings Alternatives

Tooth Coloured Fillings a.k.a. Composite Fillings

tooth decay cartoonThere’s air abrasion, dental sealants, dental fillings & more – dive in to the what, when and why of preventative dental care.

Dental Sealants:  This treatment is a great alternative to dental fillings when there is only minor decay on the top surfaces of teeth, especially for children.  Dental sealants offer a plastic like coating on the grooves of the tooth, protecting it from decay caused by sugar and bacteria.

Air Abrasion:  Air abrasion can treat minor cavities without the use of drills or needles.  When a tooth surface just begins to become tacky from decay, high pressure air through a dental tool can be enough to remove the decay.  Followed by a professional dental cleaning, it may be all you need to correct small cavities.  Ask us for details.

Tooth Coloured Fillings:  When tooth decay is present, removing the decay and filling the tooth is required.  Composite fillings, also known as white fillings or tooth coloured fillings can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth, and are more esthetically suited for teeth.  We offer tooth coloured amalgam free fillings at Bowmanville Dental.

Root Canals:  Having cavities filled early often prevents the need for a root canal.  If cavities remain untreated, the decay can eventually affect the centre or pulp of the tooth.  That is when pain or sensitivity begins and a root canal is required.   A root canal removes decay and any infection it may have caused, and therefore brings relief.  Patients generally report that root canals are not painful, and that they are relieved after care because their symptoms of pain and sensitivity are gone.

Dental Extractions – A Final Resort:  One of the main goals of modern dentistry is the prevention of tooth loss. All possible measures should be taken to preserve and maintain your teeth because the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact upon your dental health and appearance. However, it is still sometimes necessary to remove a tooth, in a case of:

• Delayed basic care, often leading to severe tooth decay
• Advanced periodontal disease, infection or abscess
• Orthodontic correction or malpositioned teeth
• Fractured or impacted  teeth or roots

We’re focused on preventative dental care and preventative alternatives to dental fillings.

These include regular home care, dental checkups and cleanings, sealants and early intervention to keep your teeth healthier longer, and your smile looking its best!

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