Unfortunately, most of us have been told at some point that we have a cavity and need a dental filling. Many years ago, the only option to fill or restore the tooth was with amalgam or a silver filling. Many people find this material cosmetically unattractive.
Today, we have other materials available to fix and restore a tooth if it has a cavity or if you would like your old silver fillings replaced; from tooth-colored composite resins to ceramic inlays and onlays, Drs. Dixon and Dixon can discuss all your options to restore your tooth’s appearance, function, and health.
What Is a Dental Cavity and How Is it Avoided?
When acid attacks or weakens either the enamel or the root surface of your tooth structure, it creates a cavity or hole. Where did this acid come from? It is actually a byproduct of the bacteria in your mouth as it feeds off the sugars and refined carbohydrates that you consume.
That’s why it is important to limit foods such as candy, sticky sweets, sugary drinks, sodas, and refined carbohydrates such as potato chips and soft bread. If you do consume these items regularly, it is essential to brush and floss your teeth right away to prevent the bacteria from using this fuel source to destroy your teeth.
So, to avoid getting cavities, it is necessary to follow these guidelines:
- Avoid candies and sticky sweets
- Avoid refined carbohydrates
- Avoid drinks with sugar
- Avoid acidic drinks
- Brush your teeth a minimum of 2 times a day
- Floss your teeth daily
- Drink more water
- Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup at least two times a year
Types of Tooth-Colored Restorations
So, your dentist told you that you have a cavity? Or, perhaps you want your old, unattractive silver filling replaced with a material that is tooth colored? At Drs. Dixon and Dixon, we can help you! We offer many options from direct composite resin fillings to ceramic inlays and onlays for larger restorations.
- Composite or Tooth Colored Fillings: Tooth-colored filling material is a blend of plastic and glass particles. This material is an excellent choice for small to medium size restorations. Dr. Dixon will remove the decayed and diseased tooth structure, thoroughly clean the tooth, and bond in a composite filling that will match and blend with the surrounding tooth structure.
- Ceramic Inlays and Onlays: For more extensive areas of decay a stronger material is needed. Your Ft. Lauderdale dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay to restore your tooth. These restorations are indirect, meaning they are made in a lab and then bonded to your tooth. This procedure does require two appointments to complete; however, the result is an appealing and durable restoration.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
At Drs. Dixon and Dixon, we welcome new patients! Whether you need a cleaning and check-up, or you are seeking information or a second opinion, we are here to help. We are conveniently located near downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Port Everglades, and Broward General Hospital. Our friendly professional team will be ready to assist you.
Click to schedule your appointment online in our Ft. Lauderdale dental office or call us at (954) 523-8788!