Welcome to the Advanced Dental blog! We are your trusted source for dental solutions in the Las Cruces, New Mexico area. If you happen to live in these parts, we’d love to see your smiling face in one of our chairs! There is plenty that we can do to help you keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great.
And should anything ever go awry, we can provide restorative dentistry services custom-designed to suit your specific needs.
Your Restorative Dentist In New Mexico
This is the area of dentistry wherein we can restore your oral health after you have experienced something bad, like tooth decay, for example.
If we should come across any cavities or decay in your mouth, we won’t waste any time before we move on to a simple filling procedure to save your smile and to save your wallet from more costly procedures down the road.
We only opt for root canals and extractions when it is too late for our more conservative treatments. That’s why it is good to come in on a regular basis.
Prevention is always going to be better than any treatment. But statistics show us that, as a U.S. citizen, it is probably to happen to you at one time or another. Accordingly, discovering a cavity early enough to prevent further damage is the next best thing (to prevention) you can do for maintaining a healthy, happy smile.
Fillings Save You Time And Money Later
For quite some time, dentists have used a mix of mercury and other metals called amalgam for fillings. If you ever had a filling prior to the last few years, odds are that is what you got.
The effectiveness of these treatments has been shown to be high. Still, there have been some very real complaints about the metal itself. And for good reason.
To begin with, amalgam is anything but subtle and so it looks like a dark blotch on your otherwise pristine teeth. Beyond that, old-fashioned fillings can actually make your tooth more vulnerable to fracture and cause damage to the nearby healthy tooth structures. Nobody wants that, if they can take care of the problem another way!
That is precisely why, at our practice, we now uses a new, safe, and aesthetically-pleasing material for fillings: composite.
Composite consists of a blend of resins that lends itself well to the appearance of your natural teeth. Unlike metal, they will look and feel like they actually belong in your mouth.
That means we can now fill a cavity very discreetly and the composite resin we use will also have superior bonding properties that allow for increased longevity.
Here’s How It Works
There’s nothing to fret about, getting a tooth-colored filling from us is easy.
Here’s how it works: we will start out by numbing the relevant region of your mouth. And if you are anxious about the procedure, we can explore options for relaxing the rest of your body.
Then, we can clean the cavity by removing the decayed tissue. After the cavity has been cleared, we will apply the putty-like composite resin material in thin layers. We will be able to shape these layers to match the surface of your tooth.
Lastly, our team will harden the resin with a high-intensity light and polish it to match the shade of your teeth. That’s really all there is to it. Then you’ll be able to take your nice, clean mouth, and your refurbished smile with you when you leave.
Reclaim Your Smile Right Away!
Your dental health is far too important to trust to chance. If you think that you might have some level of decay and wish to take care of it with a dental filling, contact Advanced Dental of Las Cruces today! We’ll get you back on the good road before you know it!