Cavities are a common oral health issue. Even with dedicated brushing and flossing, plaque can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas of your smile. Over time, the plaque will break down into an acid, eventually damaging your tooth and forming a cavity. Dr. John M. Pinnix IV and Dr. George A. Betancourt can treat your cavity and restore your smile with a tooth-colored composite dental filling. Our Charlotte, NC, practice uses tooth-colored fillings because they are more natural-looking, and are far more compatible with your tooth than silver amalgam fillings. To learn more about how tooth-colored dental fillings can restore the health and aesthetics of your smile, please contact us today.
Treating Cavities with Advanced Technology
Our practice uses the advanced DIAGNOdent laser tool to detect cavities in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat. Once a cavity is discovered, it is important to act quickly. Left untreated, decay can damage the nerves and other tissues within the tooth. Minor damage can lead to more serious concerns such as tooth loss and jawbone recession. However, fillings replace decayed tissue, restoring form, and protecting the tooth from further decay.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
We exclusively place tooth-colored fillings because they provide a far more natural-looking result than metal fillings, as well as achieve a much stronger bond with your tooth. These fillings also require less alteration of your natural tooth structure. In addition, the composite resin is highly aesthetic, and will be matched to blend with your smile. We use the same material in cosmetic procedures such as dental bonding.
Replacing Your Amalgam Fillings
If you currently have amalgam fillings, the doctors at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney recommend replacing them with composite fillings for several reasons:
- Amalgam does not match the color of your teeth, and tends to create a grayish hue, which causes healthy teeth to look unhealthy.
- When exposed to heat and cold, amalgam fillings expand and contract at a faster rate than dental tissue, which can cause fractures and other damage.
- Amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury. Although the American Dental Association considers amalgam fillings safe, many patients experience greater peace of mind with tooth-colored fillings.
- Amalgam is held in place by the shape of the tooth, whereas composite fillings bond directly to your tooth structure, providing further strength and durability.
We are one of only 1.5 percent of dental practices in the state licensed to administer IV sedation.
A Comfortable, Convenient Procedure
Your patient experience is important to us, and our staff treats patients who suffer from dental anxiety with the utmost respect and compassion. Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt offer amenities such as sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort during cavity treatment and other procedures. When necessary, we can provide IV sedation, one of the most effective means of helping patients achieve deep relaxation in the dentist's chair. We are one of only 1.5 percent of dental practices in the state licensed to administer IV sedation. In addition, our doctors respect your schedule, and will do everything possible to complete even the most extensive cavity treatments in one visit.
A Blakeney Smile is a Healthy Smile
Drs. Pinnix and Betancourt are highly accomplished experts in their field. Using the latest technology, they can detect tooth decay in the earliest stages, and restore your tooth with a lifelike tooth-colored filling. Schedule an appointment today to learn how we can help you achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.