Winterwood dental filling
A dental cavity is not the end of the world, of course. Ideally, you would like to prevent tooth decay and the resulting holes that can form in your teeth, not only so you won’t need treatment for them, but also because you want to maintain the highest level of dental health possible. Here at Mann Dental Care, we work with you on prevention, but when you need our Winterwood dental filling, we’re here to address the situation effectively and quickly.
A tiny cavity can be filled with ease and keep your tooth protected from the effects of bacteria. You see, your enamel is a barrier around your tooth. And if a cavity becomes large enough, it can let bacteria inside. Once there, an infection can set in down in your pulp, by the nerve. The result is typically pain, often severe, and the need for root canal therapy. Or your tooth could become significantly weakened, requiring a crown to strengthen it. In the worst case scenario, you might even lose the tooth to an extraction. Our Winterwood dental filling is the solution that makes all of that far less likely. For front teeth, we have materials that are tooth-colored. These include composite resins and ceramic. Because of this, our Winterwood dental filling will blend in with the rest of your tooth. It won’t be obvious when you speak or smile. For teeth in the back of your mouth, you may need amalgam, which is metal. At one time, amalgam was used prominently for all fillings. But to ensure standing up to the force of chewing, they are still sometimes advantageous for those teeth that take the brunt of it.
A visit to our office every six months will determine if you have any cavities that need to be filled. Schedule one by calling us right now.
Everyone wants to have healthy, pain-free teeth, and gums that are strong and vibrant, without any sign of disease. And it’s not that difficult to put the odds distinctly in your favor. Here at Mann Dental Care, we recommend a visit every six months to our Albany dentist. You will get a thorough oral examination that includes a physical and visual inspection of your teeth, x-rays, an analysis of your bite (occlusion), and a periodontal exam to determine the condition of your gums. Furthermore, you will receive a screening for oral cancer, which is essential to early detection and the chance for the best outcomes. One thing is certain: the longer it takes to find the signs of oral cancer, the greater the risk.
Your optimal oral health begins with your habits at home. It’s wise to stick to a nutritious diet limited in sugar. You should also brush after meals and floss vigorously once per day. That will ensure that most of the plaque that forms on and between your teeth is removed, and that few food particles will remain to act as fuel for plaque. But the reality is that plaque is sneaky. It hides in gum pockets and out of the reach of your oral hygiene. And it then hardens into tartar, which is just as dangerous as plaque, but cannot be eliminated with just brushing and flossing. Our Albany dentist, however, can do that for you.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. It is usually marked by mild symptoms, and you may not even realize you have it. The bad news is that if it isn’t addressed in a timely manner, such as your visit here twice per year, it will progress to the more advanced stage of periodontitis. You can develop receding gums, persistent bad breath, gums that bleed when you brush, and even loose teeth. The good news is that all of that, and the more invasive treatment necessary to correct it, can be avoided with regular trips to see our Albany dentist. A simple teeth cleaning will usually be enough to reverse gingivitis.
And let’s not forget that preventative maintenance is less expensive than handling a crisis. Today’s filling is more cost-effective than tomorrow’s root canal therapy or extraction. And an extraction means you need a restoration to replace the lost tooth. So call us today and schedule your twice-yearly examination with our Albany dentist.
Mann Dental Care
902 South Slappey Blvd
Albany, Georgia 31701