Welcome to the Advanced Dental blog! This will be the last installment for April. My how time flies! Today we want to talk about restorative dentistry.
If you are looking for a great dentist in Las Cruces, New Mexico, who can quickly restore your oral health whenever things get off-track, then you have come to the right place!
When it comes to cavities, we don’t fool around. We treat them quickly and aggressively whenever they develop in your mouth. Tooth decay caught in its early stages won’t have a chance to cause you big problems. And that is what we want. Oh, and, don’t expect a condescending lecture, either. Because we aren’t interested in making you feel worse. Our goal is always to restore the health of your smile ASAP and then move on.
Watching For Holes
No one is immune. Decay happens to the best of us, and can emerge due to a variety of factors. But the actual process is pretty much the same every time. When decay starts to form in your tooth, a tiny hole will develop.
Odds are, you won’t even realize it is there. Given time, the hole, or cavity, will grow bigger and bigger eating away at more of your tooth. In actuality, the longer the cavity is left untreated, the worse the situation becomes for you.
What can happen? Well, left to run wild, a cavity can reach the unfortunate level where you will need to have a root canal. But that’s not the worst of it. You might lose the tooth altogether through an extraction procedure and then have to look into implant replacement options. If it comes to that, we can still help. But that does not have to be your fate. There is always the easy way out, if you let us stay on top of things.
Remember, we have an extremely effective treatment for cavities in the form of dental fillings. Fillings can help prevent the worst things from happening to you because they work to fill the hole, strengthening your tooth and protecting it from any further decay. That is why they are called fillings!
Back in the day, we would have used a metal filling that got the job done fine but showed up like a permanent metallic splotch on the tops of your teeth, always there to taunt you about your past mistakes.
It isn’t like that any more. And we now provide a better option for treating cavities. Nearly invisible, mercury-free dental fillings are what we suggest to our patients for a more discreet cavity treatment. Truth be told, mercury-free fillings are better for your tooth structure too.
Mercury-Free And Tooth-Colored
Those old-school dental fillings relied on silver amalgam, a paste composed of mercury along with other metals. Accordingly, they never looked natural in your mouth. And because these fillings can contain up to 50% mercury, there have always been concerns from patients afraid of mercury poisoning or who have allergies to metal. These are valid issues to consider.
Fortunately, our mercury-free fillings are made of a composite resin, glass ionomer or ceramic. This means that your fillings can actually be matched to your exact tooth color so they will actually look like they belong in your mouth. Your smile will continue to look great and no one will ever know!
The mercury-free fillings we use here also bond directly to your tooth structure and don’t require as much enamel removal before application. This makes your teeth stronger and much less vulnerable to breakage over time.
This is without a doubt the best way to treat cavities in Las Cruces!
Let Us Restore Your Smile!
We make treating cavities a pain-free experience. But don’t delay dealing with the problem! Contact our team today if you’d like to learn more about restorative dentistry or our mercury-free fillings procedure.