Preventing Dental Decay
Bacteria can cause dental decay when left to collect in the plaque on your teeth and around your gums. The bacteria feed on food particles left behind from eating and drinking and create an acidic environment that breaks down the hard, protective enamel on your teeth.
Once the bacteria compromise your enamel, they can get into the softer inside of your tooth, called dentin, and cause decay, pain, and even tooth loss, if left untreated.
We combat decay through preventative treatments and diagnostics. One of the ways we catch decay before it causes pain and severe damage is through digital dental x-rays. X-rays allow Dr. Kikel to see what he would not see otherwise and stop decay before it progresses. That is one of the reasons your regular dental exams are so important.
We can also help to prevent decay with preventative treatments such as fluoride and sealants. Fluoride helps to strengthen your enamel and prevent decay. Sealants provide a protective coating over your molars to keep decay out of the tiny crevasses of your teeth.
These treatments combined with brushing and flossing at home can support your dental health.
Natural Looking White Fillings
Despite our best efforts, most people experience at least a small amount of decay at some point during their lives. When this occurs, don’t worry! We can address the issue while it is relatively small and prevent any bigger problems as long as we catch it early. That means it’s up to you to schedule your cleaning and exam appointments.
In order to place a white filling, we need to remove any decay. Dr. Kikel will gently remove the decay and bacteria from your tooth and sterilize the area. If necessary, we can use anesthetic so you don’t feel a thing. We want you to be completely comfortable.
Next, we will prepare the area for your white filling and match the shade to your natural teeth. Then, we place the composite materials in layers, curing it with a special light in between until we fill the entire cavity. Lastly, Dr. Kikel will polish and shape your composite filling until it blends in with your tooth perfectly.
Quality Dental Bonding
In some cases, we can use the composite filling material to make minor repairs to your teeth. For small chips and gaps, dental bonding is an affordable way to improve the appearance and comfort of your smile.
Professional Teeth Whitening and Fillings
If you wish to professionally whiten your teeth, you may wish to consider whitening them before having any fillings placed in the front. That is because composite material does not whiten like your natural tooth and you will have a better, more seamless match if you whiten first and then have fillings or bonding afterward.
Call Our Colquitt Dental Office for an Appointment
If you need fillings or have a chipped tooth you want repaired, call our Colquitt dental office today. Dr. Robert Kikel and our entire team looks forward to restoring the health and beauty of your smile.