You’ve done it now.
You have a cavity. Maybe it’s your first; maybe you’ve had cavities before.
Either way, you are not looking forward to getting a metal filling. You worry that it will be distracting. You want to feel comfortable smiling, but you wonder if you can when the metal shines from your teeth.
If you live in or near Huntsville, AL, you can fix your cavity and bring back your smile with a tooth-colored dental filling. You can get these fillings at the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS.
Most people get cavities at one time or another.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 92 percent of Americans 20 to 64 will have at least one cavity in their lives. The Centers for Disease Control added that nearly 1 in 3 people 20 to 44 years have an untreated cavity right now!
If and when you get a cavity, just know that you have a lot of company. We don’t want you to feel embarrassed or ashamed, but we do want you to get rid of any decay and repair your tooth as soon as possible.
Yet, we also know that many patients will put off getting their cavities fixed, and believe it or not, one of the reasons is that they don’t want a metal filling.
That’s why we want to make sure you know metal fillings are not your only option.
By using a composite resin, we can fix your tooth and restore your smile at the same time. The resin can be shaded to match the natural color of your tooth. It also can be blended in so that other people won’t be able to tell where the filling ends and your tooth begins.
‘I Have Metal Fillings Already, and I Don’t Like Them’
We have bad news and good news about that, depending on how you look at the situation. You will have to replace those fillings one day or another. When that day comes, you can get tooth-colored fillings instead.
Fillings are a great way to restore the function of a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay. They also offer good protection against further decay.
But … no one has developed a permanent filling yet.
Over time, your filling will wear down. It may crack. It may get chipped. It may begin to separate from your tooth or, worse, it could even fall out.
All of these are functional reasons to replace your old filling. You can swap out your metal filling for a resin one for cosmetic reasons, too.
Whether you are getting a first-time filling or replacing an old one, the process is the same. We first remove the decay or the old filling material. We then prepare your tooth to receive the resin.
Next, we add the resin to the hole in your tooth. When the resin hardens, we polish it so it looks like a natural part of your tooth.
Show Off Your New Smile
There was a time when metal fillings may have been your only option, but that’s not the case for our patients in Huntsville, AL. Dr. Perkins can help you protect your tooth and save your smile with our white fillings.