Tooth-Colored Fillings in Pasadena, MD
Cavities are one of the most common dental health issues, particularly among children. However, no one is immune, and dentists often see adult cavities as well. Our dentist in Pasadena, MD offers tooth-colored fillings to help patients close dental cavities without the traditional silver—a color that can detract from your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings in Pasadena, MD are made from a sturdy composite resin and always shaded to match your surrounding teeth.
Treating Cavities with Tooth-Colored Fillings in Pasadena, MD
Dr. Judy Yu encourages her patients to visit the dentist twice yearly for exams, but if you’re between visits, or you do not have a dentist, we suggest making an appointment if you notice a spot on your tooth—sometimes a divot. However, in most cases, early cavities are only noticeable to a dental professional, which is why it’s essential to visit the dentist regularly!
If you have a cavity, your dentist in Pasadena, MD numbs the area around the tooth and gently clears away the decay, creating clean margins for your tooth-colored filling.
Our tooth-colored fillings are made from bonding material, which we sometimes use in cosmetic dentistry to conceal tooth flaws, chips, and shape abnormalities. This is a sturdy and durable material that allows discretion. No one will guess that you’ve had a cavity filled.
Tooth-colored fillings are safe for adults and children.
After Your Dental Filling
You may feel numb for several hours following your tooth-colored filling in Pasadena, MD. We strongly recommend not smoking or drinking through a straw for several hours following your filling. These habits or activities can lead to a painful condition called dry socket.
If you experience any discomfort after the numbing agent wears off, this will generally be minor and treatable with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. This discomfort disappears typically within hours or by the next day.
If you have any issues, we always encourage you to contact a member of our team.
Avoiding Cavities in the Future
Most of us will get at least one cavity in our lifetime—usually more—but the best way to prevent tooth decay is to brush and floss daily and visit your dentist in Pasadena, MD twice per year for exams and teeth cleanings. Often our hygienist can provide brushing and flossing tips to help you get the most out of your oral care routine at home, too!
You should also limit your sugar intake and avoid acidic beverages.
If you grind or clench your teeth (bruxism), it’s essential to ask your dentist about a nightguard. This device prevents nocturnal grinding and clenching. Without treatment, bruxism leads to tooth decay and even breakage as your enamel wears down over time.
Contact Our Dental Office for Tooth-Colored Fillings in Pasadena, MD
At Dental FX, we are committed to your oral health. Get in touch with us to schedule your next exam.
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