Azusa area patients ask, what are tooth colored fillings?
Dentists focus on ensuring patients have the information they need to achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Azusa area dentists do not stress the importance of brushing and flossing for no reason. In fact, educating patients about the pitfalls of poor oral health care is part of prevention. Dr. Brianne Luu and the team of Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley encourage patients to take the time to speak to her about what can go wrong with the smile—and how it can negatively impact the health and appearance. When patients do not care for their teeth, they may be putting themselves at risk for cavities.
Cavities, also referred to as tooth decay or “caries,” is the disintegration of the tooth enamel caused by plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Foods and beverages left on the surfaces of the teeth and gums can develop into an acid that will essentially eat away at the tooth structure. If this happens, the teeth may become extremely sensitive to temperature changes or to sugars which can cause pain and discomfort to the patient. This is often a sign that a cavity has formed and patients should contact Dr. Brianne Luu as soon as possible for an examination, diagnosis, and treatment.
Dr. Brianne Luu can address areas of decay with tooth colored fillings. What are tooth colored fillings? Tooth colored fillings are safer, more aesthetic alternatives to metal or “silver amalgam fillings” which have been used by dentists in the past. Studies have shown that there are many negative connections to amalgam fillings and the health of the rest of the body so many dentists are turning towards alternatives. Tooth colored fillings are essentially composite resin bonding material that is used to seal off the tooth and keep bacteria from entering. Another benefit of this material is the aesthetic appearance—others will not know that patients with tooth colored fillings have even had dental work done.
Tooth colored fillings are readily available at the practice of Gentle Care Dentistry in San Gabriel Valley. Feel free to book an appointment with our team to find out more about treatment options for cavities, gum disease, and other issues that may negatively impact the health and wellness of the smile.