You only get one set of adult teeth in your lifetime. Unfortunately, all too often bacteria is allowed to eat away at the tooth and cause cavities. Although this compromises your teeth, it doesn't have to be the end of the story. Our staff can examine the extent of your problems and determine if fillings could offer you the inexpensive and viable solution you've been looking for.
Amalgam fillings have a long history of success. For nearly 200 years, they've been used to offer relief to those suffering with tooth decay. Also known as silver or mercury fillings, amalgam fillings primarily consist of:
When combined, these materials create a soft material that can be easily formed to fit your cavity. It only takes a few minutes for the amalgam to harden, giving us plenty of time to adequately shape them first. While pure mercury is toxic, the mercury found in amalgam fillings is trapped within the hardened final product. Amalgam fillings have been deemed safe, and they have certainly stood the test of time.
For that tricky decay which occurs on teeth that are visible and decreasing your overall aesthetic appeal, there is an alternative that is much newer and able to provide you a natural-looking smile while removing decay and filling cavities. Composite fillings have the consistency of modeling clay, and our staff uses a bright blue light to harden them. The final result is a strong and resistant product that matches your natural teeth and improves the appearance of your smile.
After you receive dental fillings, you can get back to eating and drinking as normal. However, it's not uncommon for you to experience sensitivity to hot or cold items. This is only temporary and will decrease with intensity over time. However, if you notice following the procedure that it doesn't feel natural when you bite your teeth together, the fillings need adjusted. You should call to schedule an appointment to get this corrected as soon as possible.
Not only does bacterial decay decline the aesthetic appeal of your teeth, but it can also make it painful when you eat, drink, and brush. Not to mention the damage only expands when left untreated. Dr. Cloward has the tools to completely remove your current decay and apply fillings in their place. You only get one set of adult teeth, and we make it our goal to help you protect it, so call our office today to schedule an appointment at 801-794-1834.
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