Fillings in Colorado Springs, CO
At Springs Family Dental, we know that sometimes cavities happen, and we want you to know that we are here for you and your family. With natural-looking fillings that blend beautifully with your own enamel, we can restore your tooth and its functionality – and nobody will ever know that you’ve had a cavity.
What Causes Cavities?
Everyone’s mouth is teeming with bacteria. Don’t panic – this is normal, and most of those bacteria are actually useful and a part of your body’s healthy ecology.
These bacteria feed on the traces of the food you eat that are left in your mouth. As they metabolize these food particles, they produce acid. Over time, this acid can damage the structure of the teeth. Diligently brushing and flossing helps remove plaque, a sticky mixture of saliva, food particles, and bacteria that clings to your teeth.
If plaque is allowed to remain in place for too long, the acid erodes parts of your tooth, creating a hole. This is a cavity. If left untreated, the cavity will grow, allowing bacteria to penetrate further into the tooth and cause pain.
How Do Fillings Work?
Dr. Terveen will remove the decay in and around your tooth and then restore it using a composite resin filling.
Composite resin fillings are both durable and natural-looking. We'll match the new filling to your tooth’s coloring so they blend together, which means nobody will be able to tell the difference between the two.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
The best ways to prevent cavities are to practice proper dental hygiene at home and schedule regular cleanings at our Colorado Springs dental office.
Brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste can greatly reduce the amount of food particles and bacteria in your mouth. Flossing after brushing can remove plaque that gathers between the teeth and just below the gum line.
Regular cleanings and check-ups play a huge part in preventing cavities and other dental decay. We recommend that you visit us at least every six months for a regular cleaning and check-up with Dr. Michael Terveen and our team. If you have ongoing conditions, such as gum disease, we may recommend more frequent visits. This allows us to find issues before they progress. The more often we are able to see you, the less chance there is of you needing emergency care for preventive dental issues.
Proper dental hygiene coupled with regular visits at Springs Family Dental will give you the best chance of reducing your need for fillings, crowns, or other restorative dental care. We want to work with you to prevent unnecessary dental decay.
Whether you are concerned that you may have a cavity or you know that it is time for your regular cleaning, we would love to hear from you. Give us a call to make an appointment today.