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If you have never had a dental cavity, congratulations! Most of us haven’t been that lucky. According to the CDC, about 90% of adults aged 20 and above have had at least one cavity! Brushing and flossing your teeth are good preventive dentistry practices to protect your teeth from decay, but should a cavity sneak into your mouth, treatment is pretty straightforward. At Hosaka Dental, Drs. Erick Hosaka and Valerie Cassis use composite (tooth-colored) fillings to restore your teeth and prevent further damage.
If Drs. Hosaka or Cassis establish that your tooth damage or decay isn’t too extensive to warrant a dental crown or inlay we will recommend composite fillings. Before placing the filling, we will numb your mouth to eliminate any discomfort during treatment. Next, we prepare the tooth by removing the decayed part and cleaning the area thoroughly to eliminate harmful bacteria.
Once the tooth is ready, we fill out your tooth layer by layer with composite resin. We mold the filling to match your tooth’s shape and use a curing light to harden it in place. Finally, we will polish your tooth to achieve a natural-looking shine.
A dental filling restores the shape and function of your tooth. It also protects your tooth from further damage. While dental fillings are incredible in keeping cavities at bay, does any dental filling fit the bill? The short answer is no. Years back, amalgam dental fillings were the go-to option for cavity treatment, but these fillings have safety and aesthetic concerns. Today, dentists like Drs. Hosaka or Cassis have switched to composite fillings because they offer numerous benefits:
Taking care of your composite fillings isn’t cumbersome. In fact, it isn’t any different from how you take care of your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist twice a year. While dental fillings are durable enough to last over ten years, always notify your dentist whenever you notice signs of wear and tear. Repair should be done immediately to continue protecting the tooth underneath.
Ready to overcome your cavities with tooth-colored fillings? If you are in Chevy Chase, Maryland, or its environs, please dial (301) 686-5255 to schedule an appointment with Hosaka Dental to enjoy our cavity treatment services.