4200 Columbia Rd, Martinez, GA 30907
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Tooth-Colored FillingsCavities. Even with modern dental care, they're all too common. Fortunately, today's diagnostic techniques and materials look better and last longer than ever before. At Augusta Smile Care, Dr. John Massey, your Augusta, GA, family dentist, places realistic tooth-colored fillings to fully restore decay with a strong material which blends right in with surrounding enamel. You'll hardly be able to tell you had a cavity!

What causes tooth decay?

Experts agree that oral bacteria causes tooth decay and gum disease. It proliferates in plaque and tartar between teeth and on their chewing surfaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 96 percent of adults 65 and older have experienced tooth decay in their lifetimes.

Kinds of fillings

If left untreated, tooth decay only worsens, invading enamel, dentin and eventually, interior soft pulp and root structure. Fortunately, dentists have used metal amalgam fillings for years to restore teeth in form, function and health. However, metal fillings can be unattractive, particularly in the front of the mouth, and they eventually cause minor cracking in tooth structure as people bite and chew.

The modern alternative is the tooth-colored, or cosmetic, filling. Made of tooth-colored composite resin (a blend of silica particles and plastic), a tooth-colored filling is just as strong as your natural tooth enamel, and it blends seamlessly in color and texture with the rest of the tooth.

Filling a tooth

At Augusta Smile Care, Dr. Massey often discovers tooth decay on routine examination or through digital X-ray imaging. That's why your six-month check-ups and cleanings are so important. Fortunately, placing a filling is a simple, one-visit process and normally needs nothing more than a local anesthetic to numb the tooth.

When the tooth is numb, the dentist uses small tools to remove the decay (and any old filling material). He shapes the remaining enamel to receive the composite resin, and then, layer by layer, fills the tooth. He uses a dental curing light to harden each layer, creating a super-resilient bond.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that cosmetic fillings not only look better than amalgam, they:

  • Become part of tooth enamel and the second, more porous, tooth layer called dentin
  • Flex with the pressures of chewing and biting and distribute those forces evenly
  • Last for many years

Your tooth-colored filling

You'll be amazed at how well it looks and performs. If you think you have a cavity, please call Augusta Smile Care for an examination. Dr. Massey and his team love bringing smiles back to health and enhancing their appearance, too. Call the office at (706) 868-1322.

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Martinez, GA 30907

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