In the past, metal fillings were the standard for cavity treatments, even though they didn’t have the same color and look as natural teeth. For many patients, it makes more sense to have a filling that closely resembles tooth enamel instead. If you’re a candidate for a cavity treatment, tooth-colored fillings are available at Smile Forever Family Dentistry in Morrisville, NC.
Standard or Traditional Fillings
Cavities are often diagnosed at a checkup with your dentist. They are usually very tiny holes that you can’t see with the naked eye. To prevent further tooth decay, your dentist will clean the cavity and refill it with a protective material. Traditional fillings were metal amalgam, which is very dark in color and noticeable. Now, patients specifically request tooth-colored fillings.
Another Option: Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you’ve been reluctant to get a cavity filled because you’re worried about having dark, metallic fillings on your teeth, that is no longer a concern. Tooth-colored fillings can be installed at Smile Forever Family Dentistry in Morrisville. They are fillings made with composite resin, porcelain, or glass ionomer material that very closely resembles the color of your own teeth. When you laugh or talk, your companions won’t even know that you had a cavity filled.
Caring for Your Smile After Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings will protect your teeth and stay resilient for a long period of time, but it’s important that you take very good care of your smile to preserve them. Here are a few smile care tips:
- Use fluoride toothpaste, which helps harden and protect the enamel.
- Avoid grinding and clenching your teeth together, as this may pose a risk to the stability of the filling material.
- Do not allow sugary film to lay on the surfaces of the teeth for long periods of time.
- Visit your dentist at least two times every year to check your fillings, and to ensure there are no other potential cavities.
Talk to Your Dentist About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings look natural and provide you with the protection you need from tooth decay. Call 919-415-2039 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucas Nazario-Correa at his family dentistry in Morrisville, NC.
It’s a good idea to have a common family dentist for you, your children, and the others in your household. Developing a relationship with a dentist is a key part of maintaining good dental health throughout life. You’ll find someone that you all can trust with Dr. Lucas Nazario-Correa at Smile Forever Family Dentistry in Morrisville, NC.
Why Have a Family Dentist?
Once you have a trusted family dentist of your own, you'll understand why it's so important to have one. There's something very comforting about having one single dentist who can treat all of your tooth-related needs. Your family dentist understands your dental history, potential risks to your dental health, medical history, allergies, and very important details. If you have young children, they will likely be more comfortable going to the same dentist on a regular basis.
What Your Family Dentist Can Help You With
Family dentists provide a wide array of treatments for their patients. Here are a few things that your dentist Dr. Nazario-Correa at Smile Forever Family Dentistry in Morrisville, NC can help you with:
- Preventive care, including cleanings, X-rays, and dental sealants for children.
- Cosmetic dentistry to spruce up the overall appearance of your smile (including teeth whitening and crowns).
- Endodontic treatment (dental fillings and root canal therapy).
- Orthodontics (ask about Six Month Smiles).
- TMJ treatment (for jaws that click and pop).
Benefits of Family Dentistry
Here are a few key benefits of having a family dentist you know and trust to call when you have a dental problem:
- You'll have a dentist who knows you and your family both personally and professionally.
- You'll have a standing appointment with your dentist for biannual checkups, with regular reminders.
- When there’s a dental emergency, you’ll immediately know who to call for assistance.
See a Dentist Soon
Now is the time to settle down with a family dentist that you can trust and come in for a dental checkup. Call Smile Forever Family Dentistry in Morrisville, NC today at (919) 415-2039 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lucas Nazario-Correa.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of the adults over 30 in the United States suffer from gum disease. Untreated periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss, making caring for your gums as well as your teeth crucial to the health of your smile. Find out more about periodontal disease and how you can spot its symptoms with Dr. Lucas Nazario-Correa at Smile Forever Family Dentistry in Morrisville, NC.
Do I have gum disease?
Identifying gum disease early is a crucial part of successful treatment with minimal complications. Some of the signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- bleeding, tender gums
- red or swollen gums
- sensitive teeth
- unexplained bad breath
- receding gums
- painful chewing
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease originates from tooth decay. As decay forms, bacteria harden from sticky plaque into tartar. The longer these substances remain on the teeth, the more damage they do. The bacteria begins irritating the gums, causing inflammation, discomfort, and other symptoms. This inflammation is called gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. As the disease progresses, the gums begin pulling away from the teeth and the bone begins to degrade, or atrophy. This stage of gum disease is classified as periodontitis.
Gum Disease Treatments in Morrisville, NC
Since gingivitis does not cause the breakdown of tissue or bone, your dentist may suggest a simple teeth cleaning and treatment in the form of regular flossing. Flossing at least once daily removes the bacteria from under the gums and treats gingivitis. It is a myth that bleeding gums mean you should stop flossing. The truth is actually the opposite; bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gingivitis, which you should clear up by flossing. Periodontitis requires more in-depth treatment in the form of a periodontal cleaning or, in severe cases, flap surgery. Your dentist can help you determine the best treatment for your gum disease.
For more information on gum disease, please contact Dr. Nazario-Correa at Smile Forever Family Dentistry in Morrisville, NC. Call (919) 415-2039 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nazario-Correa today!
Most dental treatments only tackle one problem. Fillings restore teeth damaged by tooth decay, while dental implants replace missing teeth. Unlike these treatments, crowns address multiple dental issues. Dr. Lucas Nazario-Correa in Morrisville, NC, discusses the various ways crowns can improve your smile.
What are crowns?
A crown looks like a tooth without roots. If you turn the crown over, you'll notice that it's hollow. Crowns, also called caps, are designed to slip over teeth and are attached with dental cement. Crowns improve the appearance of teeth and also offer strength and stability. Porcelain, resin, and porcelain-fused-to-metal are the most common materials used to make crowns.
What do crowns do?
When you visit our Morrisville office, Dr. Nazario-Correa may recommend a crown if you're concerned about one of these issues:
- Fractures: Crowns are used to cover the jagged edges of broken teeth and also restore their functionality.
- Cracks: A cracked tooth increases your risk of developing a fracture. Crowns prevent teeth from breaking and also stop bacteria from invading your tooth through the crack.
- Strength: Weak teeth are also at risk of fracturing. Some people just have naturally weak teeth, while others notice that their teeth have become weaker with age. Weakening also occurs if you've had a dental procedure that involved the removal of a large amount of tooth structure, such as a root canal or large filling.
- Shape: You would think that every one of your teeth would look exactly the same, but that's not always the case. Crowns can transform teeth that are oddly shaped or crooked.
- Length: Do you grind your teeth at night? If you do, you may eventually wear down the enamel on your teeth, shortening them. Crowns restore the normal height of teeth.
- Cosmetic Issues: Crowns are often used to hide discolored teeth or other cosmetic issues.
- Missing Teeth: Crowns are attached to the top of dental implants and are used in bridges.
Are you interested in learning if crowns are a good choice for you? Call Dr. Nazario-Correa in Morrisville, NC, at (919) 415-2039 to schedule an appointment.
Ouch! Maybe it’s a fresh smoothie, a spoonful of ice cream, or even just a sip of ice water—but there it is, throbbing tooth pain.
There are many reasons why you might be experiencing tooth sensitivity to cold. Fortunately, you can take several steps to remedy this yourself, including checking with your dentist.
Other symptoms often accompany sensitivity to cold, including:
- Sensitivity to hot foods
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Persistent dull or throbbing tooth pain
But what conditions cause these kinds of tooth sensitivity?
Tooth enamel, the hardest substance in your body, covers your tooth above the gumline. However, the root of your tooth, the part normally covered by your gums, does not have this protective layer. If you don’t brush and floss regularly—or if you brush and floss too vigorously—your gums may recede, exposing the roots of one or more of your teeth.
If you have exposed roots, the best course of action is to follow general oral hygiene. Continue brushing and flossing, but use a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth. If the pain continues, though, make sure to see your dentist.
Small cavities can also become sensitive to cold food or drinks. Cavities occur in the enamel itself, and expose the nerve inside your tooth to cold, heat, and other sources of discomfort.
While you should continue flossing and brushing, you should see a dentist to diagnose and treat your condition. If the cavity is small, a dentist can remove the decayed area and fill the tooth. If it’s more serious, you may need a root canal to clean out the decay, disinfect the root, and seal the tooth.
Sensitivity after Dental Work
Sometimes dental work can temporarily cause your teeth to become sensitive to cold or hot foods, from a few days to a week or longer if you’ve had a filling or a crown placed.
In these cases, over the counter pain relievers like aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen should bring you relief. But if the pain persists or worsens, definitely contact your dentist!
How Can I Get Rid of Tooth Pain?
In general, you can address temporary tooth sensitivity to cold with the standard elements of good oral hygiene: regular brushing and flossing, as well as routine preventive care visits to your dentist. Consider using toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth or adding a fluoride mouth rinse to your daily routine.
However, if your sensitivity lingers, it could indicate that you have a more serious dental condition. The pulp—the interior of your teeth—could be damaged, either from long-term tooth decay or an injury. It’s important to see a dentist before you develop an infection that could put your tooth at risk.
If you have any concerns over increased or recent tooth sensitivity to cold—or heat— Smile Forever Family Dentistry is always here to help. Make an appointment and get your tooth checked out before it has a chance to turn into something more serious.
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