It can benefit your smile to treat cavities before significant symptoms develop. That means it’s important to find tooth decay when it’s in its earliest stages of development. Many cavities can be filled long before the tooth ever becomes sensitive, painful, or requires more invasive treatments like crowns or root canals.
Tooth colored composite fillings are perfect for using in areas where there are small cavities. Why? Because only a small amount of tooth structure needs to be prepped before the composite filling is placed. The material actually bonds directly to the tooth, unlike traditional fillings, which are held in place by their wedged shape. When you choose to have a composite filling, your dentist only needs to remove the enamel that is decayed, not large amounts of surrounding healthy enamel. This makes the filling smaller and less invasive than traditional dental treatments.
Early intervention is important. Having your dentist identify areas like these in their earliest stages not only preserves your tooth enamel, it makes your dental treatment more affordable and improves how your smile looks. These small fillings are made of composite material, which allows them to blend in with the rest of the tooth – as if nothing was there at all! Each restoration is color-matched to your specific shade of enamel, making them almost invisible to the naked eye.
Seeing your dentist regularly provides you with the opportunity to identify areas of tooth decay when they are in their earliest forms. Schedule your dental check-ups every 6 months for a cleaning, exam, and necessary x-rays, and you can benefit from smaller, more affordable dental treatment over the course of your lifetime!
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