Approximately every adult American will need a cavity filled at one point in their lives—even with meticulous brushing and flossing.
Almost all patients are familiar with the traditional look of fillings and how they can darken over time. For those who are interested in keeping their smile dazzling as well as healthy, there are many ways to combine both.
If you need a tooth-colored filling in Bellevue, WA, you may be interested in an alternative to traditional dark amalgam fillings that let everyone know you’ve had a cavity every time you laugh.
We are an amalgam-free office at AJK Family Dentistry!
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings in Bellevue, WA
There are many ways we serve our patients better through dental technology and modern dental materials. Tooth-colored fillings are just one example—not only do they look appealing, but they also require less removal of your tooth structure, so they keep your teeth more durable, and they’re less likely to fall out.
Dr. Adam Kennedy also matches the shade of the filling so that it blends right in, other advantages include:
- They blend in with the rest of your teeth.
- Tooth-colored fillings do not remove as much of your tooth structure as amalgam fillings do.
- Composite fillings bond to your tooth, so there is less chance of them falling out unexpectedly.
- Unlike silver fillings, tooth-colored fillings do not expand or contract with heat or cold.
- White fillings are reliable, durable, and do not easily become loose.
At AJK Family Dentistry, we enjoy being able to provide the necessary treatments our patients and their families need to continue with their lives, knowing their oral health is in good hands.
Why Do Cavities Happen?
It’s easy to blame sugar and sodas and delicious treats on cavities, but the bacteria that produce cavities are in our mouths all along.
It is true that they also love sugar, which they use to produce an acid that mixes with your saliva to form plaque—a sticky film that coats your teeth and can harden. When acid and sugar are allowed to sit on our enamel for a long time, they eventually start forming little holes on the surface of our teeth. Welcome to cavities!
Dr. Adam Kennedy promotes healthy living through daily brushing and flossing. This helps us remove as much of the film of plaque as we can. Still, only your dentist or a dental hygienist can eliminate any trace of plaque, tartar, or more. Each dental cleaning with us gives your teeth and gums a chance to remain healthy and free from infection.
During your regular dental examinations at AJK Family Dentistry, we can look for and treat cavities as they’re small and easily manageable. We do our best to avoid dental emergencies whenever possible.
Like many oral health symptoms, cavities may not exhibit outward signs until there is extensive inflammation within the tooth. Only a dental professional can spot a cavity and treat it.
Avoid Cavities by Scheduling Your Dental Cleaning
Whether you’ve noticed a throbbing in your tooth or if it’s time for your dental checkup, we invite you to call and schedule your next appointment with us!