Tooth-colored fillings for the treatment of cavities
Cavities require treatment to keep them from becoming more prominent, deeper, and damaging to the natural tooth structure. Dr. Colleen Williamson and her team at Grand Dental Arts of Toms River, New Jersey, can educate you on the signs of a cavity and why tooth-colored fillings are the best treatment option.
What are the signs of a cavity?
There are several indications that you might have a cavity, including:
- A toothache or pain when chewing or applying pressure to your teeth. This can be due to the decay damaging the nerves in your teeth.
- Changes in the color of your tooth, such as a dark spot on an otherwise white tooth. That is often caused by the decay eating away at the enamel of your teeth and exposing the inner layers, which can appear darker than usual.
- Tooth sensitivity to both hot or cold temperatures or sweet foods and drinks. Cavities can damage small nerves in your teeth that help them sense changes in temperature, leading to sensitivity when consuming these types of foods and beverages.
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth or persistent bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing. This is often caused by decay and bacteria build-up in your mouth.
If you think you might have a cavity, it is crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible so they can diagnose the problem and recommend treatment. Treatment options will vary depending on the severity of the cavity but may include fillings, dental crowns, or root canals. Cavities left untreated will cause severe damage to the teeth and lead to tooth loss.
Why patients choose tooth-colored fillings
In the past, and even today, many dentists offered silver amalgam fillings. These are dark fillings that contain approximately 50% mercury and have been found through studies to increase a patient’s likelihood of developing mercury toxicity. Instead, our team uses tooth-colored fillings for the treatment of cavities. These fillings are not only aesthetic but are made of a composite resin that is safe for the smile and does not expand and contract with temperature changes.
Learn more about tooth-colored fillings
Call 732-286-7000 to request an appointment with Dr. Colleen Williamson and her team at Grand Dental Arts of Toms River, NJ. Our practice is open to new patients in the communities of Toms River, Lavallette, Bayville, and Ocean Gate.