Save Your Smile from the Effects of Tooth Decay

tooth-colored_fillings_1 | Dr. Jennifer Perkins, DDS

You never noticed that black spot on your tooth before. No worries, right? It’s probably just something you ate. You try to rinse it with a bit of water, but it’s still there.

You decide to brush your teeth. After all, you’ll be going to bed soon anyway. Brushing your teeth doesn’t help either.

Then it starts to dawn on you. You may have a cavity.

If you do, it’s OK. No one wants cavities, but more than 90 percent of people will have at least one during their lives.

You won’t be the first person or the last person to get a tooth filling. We certainly aren’t going to just you for a bit of tooth decay. Instead, our team at the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS will work to restore your smile. Call 256-801-0002 today to make an appointment at our office in Huntsville, AL.

Eat Without Pain

Cavities can take a toll on the appearance of your smile, but they also can be painful. Often, teeth that are affected by decay become more sensitive. Hot, cold, and sweet food and drinks can cause those teeth to hurt when they are consumed.

For a long time, fillings have primarily served a functional purpose. Gold and amalgam (mercury and other metals) fillings are great for this. With metal fillings, you can bite and chew without pain. Plus, the filling serves to protect your teeth from further decay.

This is certainly important for your long-term oral health. Getting a filling is certainly preferable to putting off treatment. Without action, the decay can get worse. This can lead to a larger cavity, which may require a dental crown. It could lead to a tooth infection, which requires a root canal. It could lead to severe damage. In that case, you may need to have a tooth removed and replaced.

We hope you agree with us that a filling today is better than tooth removal down the road.

Regain Your Smile

Metal fillings are good at what they were designed to do. Unfortunately, they also can leave your smile looking different than you might like.

With advances in dental materials, you can now get a composite filling instead. These fillings are made with a kind of resin. This is applied to your affected tooth to fill the cavity, just like metal fillings. Also like those fillings, our composite fillings protect against further decay and allow you to bite and chew without pain.

Composite fillings have one big advantage over metal fillings, however. These fillings can be shaded and polished, so they look like a natural part of your tooth. They can blend in with the rest of your smile, so you can feel good about taking that next selfie and posting it to social media.

Get a Filling Made in Your Shade

At the office of Jennifer Perkins DDS in Huntsville, AL, we welcome you to call 256-801-0002. Check our website regularly for updated information on the treatments we can provide or contact us online.

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