According to the World Health Organization, 100% of adults have or have had a cavity at some point in their life. Cavities are the number one chronic disease among children. Cavities are preventable, and with the help of Dr. Colleran and his San Luis Obispo team, if you have a cavity it can be treated and filled with a tooth colored filling to seamlessly match your natural teeth.
Compared with the traditional amalgam fillings, tooth colored fillings have fewer health risks. There is also less post-treatment discomfort and sensitivity when composite materials are used instead of silver materials. Tooth colored fillings are also unnoticeable as the tooth-colored material can be matched to blend in with surrounding teeth.
Composite is strong and durable and can sometimes be placed in a single visit. It does not corrode and holds up to everyday life. The composite material does not expand or contract with hot or cold temperatures like amalgam, and so mitigates the risk of cracking.
Placing composite fillings also means we can save more of your natural tooth in the filling process.
At Family and Laser Dentistry we offer our patients the best materials available to give their decayed tooth back the support it needs to function normally. We are also happy to replace any amalgam (silver) fillings that may be failing.
Dental caries (cavities) happen when the bacteria in the thin layer of biofilm on the teeth are in the presence of acid too often and for too long. This imbalance causes an infection that leads to mineral loss in the teeth. When the tooth has lost vital minerals a cavity is created. There are many things that can contribute to tooth decay risk:
If there is a cavity, it is important that you have the decay removed as it is a transmissible disease. Dr. Colleran will remove the decayed area and restore the remaining tooth with a tooth-colored filling. It is also important that you are aware of your behaviors that may be contributing to your decay risk.
Fillings are meant to be strong and durable, providing support to a tooth that has lost some of its natural structure due to tooth decay. Tooth colored fillings are safe, strong, and durable.
If you find that you require a dental filling, but want to also have a smile that does not show it, we can make sure you have the healthy smile you want without the glaring reminder of the cavity. Today we have the option to restore teeth with composite tooth colored filling material that seamlessly blends with the surrounding teeth.