Welcome back to another October edition of our Las Cruces dentistry blog!
At Advanced Dental, we make it our mission to support the families of New Mexico in everything related to oral health. If you are entrusted to our care, you will see that we are versatile enough around here to keep up with your ever-changing needs throughout life.
We are especially concerned with preventative dentistry and early treatment. It is always less painful and less costly to keep bad things at bay or deal with them straightaway. When it comes to dentistry, your health issues will never just go away on their own.
This is also true of cavities and decay.
Even if you have good hygiene habits and you are cautious about what you put into your body (and you don’t binge on Halloween candy this month), cavities can still sneak up on you.
Most Americans are confronted with a cavity at one time or another.
This is never what your Las Cruces, NM dentist wants to see, but honestly, when decay is detected sooner rather than later, our treatments are effective and painless.
For decades, our primary weapon for fighting back against tooth decay has been a procedure known as a dental filling.
To this day, we still rely on fillings to get the job done, but thanks to modern advancements, fillings are not what they used to be.
No More Dark Metallic Spots
All that Halloween candy we joked about won’t cause cavities. But the sugar it contains will help feed the bacteria that does cause them. When decay starts to form in your tooth, a small hole will develop.
Odds are you won’t even notice it at first. But the hole will continue to grow and eat away at your tooth. The longer the decay is left untreated, the worse the situation becomes.
Left unattended, tooth decay can reach a point where you may need to have a root canal or get the tooth in question extracted and replaced.
But that does not have to be your fate. Fillings can help prevent that from happening because they work to fill the hole, strengthening your tooth and protecting it from further decay.
We are all probably familiar with the conventional silver fillings that look like dark spots or big metallic blotches on top of your teeth.
They are a daily reminder that we once had to deal deal with cavities. Sometimes they even invite unwanted questions or comments from people we don’t even know.
Luckily, things have changed at Advanced Dental, and we can now offer a better option for filling in your teeth. Practically invisible, mercury-free dental fillings are what we suggest to our patients for a more discreet cavity treatment.
Mercury-Free Is Easy
Old School fillings relied on silver amalgam, which is a paste composed of mercury along with other metals. As such, they never looked natural. 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.
The more forward-looking mercury-free fillings are instead made of a composite resin, glass ionomer or ceramic. This means that your fillings can actually be matched to your tooth color so as to look like they belong in your mouth.
Mercury-free fillings also bond directly to your tooth structure and don’t require as much enamel removal before application, which makes your teeth stronger and much less vulnerable to breakage over time.
This is a fast, easy, and subtle way to treat cavities.
We Slay Decay At Advanced Dental
We want to be your partner for lifelong oral health. In our Las Cruces, NM dental office, we make treating cavities a pleasant experience.
Contact our team today if you’d like to learn more about preventative dentistry or our mercury-free fillings procedure.