Here at Contemporary Dental Associates, the next best thing to preventing a cavity entirely is to treat is early. The effects of plaque, and its hardened form, tartar, create small holes in your teeth, but over time those holes can grow larger. When they do, they put you at greater risk for a bacterial infection inside your tooth, severe pain, the need for root canal therapy, and possibly even the loss of a tooth to an extraction. All of those consequences can be avoided with our Mastic cavity treatment.
Most of the plaque that forms on and between your teeth is removed when you brush after meals and vigorously floss once per day. However, plaque is sneaky. It hides in gum pockets and elsewhere that is out of the reach of your oral hygiene routine. It then hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed with simple brushing and flossing. That’s why we recommend that you come in two times per year for a complete dental exam. As a big part of that, you will get x-rays as needed. Along with a physical and visual inspection of your teeth, this will identify the presence of a tooth decay at the earliest stage possible, making our Mastic cavity treatment as effective as possible. We use various filling materials, including amalgam (metal), which is suitable for back teeth, due to the fact that its strong enough to withstand the force of chewing that those teeth require. We also offer porcelain, composite, and ceramic, all of which are considered to be white fillings or tooth-colored fillings. On front teeth, those that show when you smile and speak, white fillings are ideal. They blend in virtually seamlessly so that it isn’t obvious that you have a filling at all.
Don’t wait until a toothache forces you to come in. Schedule an appointment with us for a six month dental exam. And if you need our Mastic cavity treatment, you’ll find that it’s simple, efficient, and painless.