Dental decay is one of the most common diseases in America, and most of us have had a dental filling placed at some point in our lives.
Dr. Spencer treats dental decay using only the best and highest quality dental filling materials for his patients so that they can have fillings that are beautiful and that last.
As strange as it may sound, Dr. Spencer enjoys placing fillings! He feels that he is providing conservative treatment that preserves the life and structure of your natural teeth, and it is a treatment that can be completed with little to no discomfort.
Treating Dental Decay
The main reason Dr. Spencer places tooth-colored fillings is to treat dental decay (cavities) caused by bacteria in our mouths. All of us have bacteria in our mouths, but cavities form when we let the bacteria sit in one place for too long. Regular brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent this from happening.
To treat cavities, Dr. Spencer delivers dental anesthetic near the tooth to make sure it is numb. Then he uses small instruments to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the hole with a tooth-colored filling. The filling material is packed into the hole as a putty consistency, but when Dr. Spencer shines a certain wavelength of light on it, it goes from being soft to hard. Dr. Spencer finishes the procedure by checking the fit of the filling with the teeth around it and then polishing it to a beautiful and smooth shine.
Tooth-Colored Fillings for Esthetics
Dr. Spencer can also use tooth-colored fillings to help create beautiful smiles. We can address small chips and fractures, discoloration, and gaps between teeth by using tooth-colored fillings.
How Tooth-Colored Fillings Work
Recent advancements in the chemistry of tooth-colored fillings make them stronger and more attractive than in the past. Dentists often refer to tooth-colored fillings as dental composites because they are a mix between particles of plastic and glass. With just the right mixture, composites are not only harder than ever before but also can be polished to maintain a tooth-like appearance for longer than ever before.
You may also hear Dr. Spencer discuss bonding the composite material to your tooth. Dentists use a special type of glue to attach dental restorations to your teeth. The way this glue works is really cool!
Imagine the glue as a piece of string. On one end of the string is a type of molecule specializing in bonding to your natural tooth. On the other end of the string is a type of molecule specializing in bonding to the dental composite material. The advanced chemistry of the bonding agents, as well as the innovations in dental composite materials, allows Dr. Spencer to provide you with tooth-colored fillings that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Get Answers to Your Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you believe you have a cavity or are interested in using tooth-colored fillings to enhance your smile, Dr. Spencer will gladly help answer your questions.