Most people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately, dental fillings can help resolve damage done by cavities. Your dentist in Glastonbury, CT, Dr. Steven Hinchey, provides tooth-colored fillings to restore teeth.
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Tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred by individuals who don't want visible fillings. They are also known as composite resin and made of plastic resin and a filler, finely ground glass-like particles. They fix issues such as chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth, and short teeth.
Fillings seal holes caused by cavities. A cavity results from bacterial plaque that produces acid and creates holes (cavities) in teeth. If not detected early on, serious issues may occur, like receding gums. Your Glastonbury doctor cleans and disinfects the cavity, then seals it with the filling to protect the integrity of the tooth.
Dental fillings require the same care as all your teeth:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, for two minutes.
- Floss at least once before bed to remove food debris between teeth.
- Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Drink water to help wash away food debris.
- Visit your doctor twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
There are many advantages of tooth-colored fillings, like after your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural. Composite strengthens your teeth, and sealed cracks protect teeth from future bacteria.
If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, don't hesitate to call Dr. Steven Hinchey in Glastonbury, CT. Call (860) 633-6518.