July 26, 2017
How many people get cavities every day? How many people chip their teeth?
These are both small problems that can turn into much bigger ones if they are ignored. Thankfully, they can also be fixed with some simple procedures.
Namely, you can get a dental filling or dental bonding at Davenport Dental Group. Fillings and bonding are both part of the restorative dentistry that we offer at our offices in Laredo, TX.
If you could use either one, please contact us to schedule an appointment soon. You can use our online appointment form or you can call either of our locations. The phone number for our Junction Drive office is (956) 242-6745, and you can reach our Winfield office at (956) 517-2695.
So, You Have A Cavity
You brush your teeth every day. You even floss like you should (right?), and you have regular dental cleanings and exams.
And yet, somehow, you still have a cavity.
We understand that this can be frustrating. We also know that some patients find this embarrassing. We want you to know that it’s going to be OK.
First, we want you to know that 92 percent of American adults will get at least one cavity in their permanent teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
If you do have tooth decay, you won’t be the first patient we’ve helped.
Second, we can offer you better dental fillings today, so most people won’t know it’s there.
At Davenport Dental Group, we are proud that we can offer tooth-colored composite fillings for our patients.
At one time, gold and amalgam (a blend of mercury and other metals) fillings were the only options. That meant you could remove the decay from your tooth, then fill the cavity. The drawback was many people knew about your cavity because your metal filling stood out when you spoke or smiled.
With our composite dental fillings, we use resin that has been blended to match the color of your teeth. After the resin has hardened, we can polish it so that it’s indistinguishable from your natural tooth.
This way you won’t have to feel self-conscious about the cavity or a metal filling.
But what if you have a metal filling already? At some point, it will need to be replaced. While fillings can last for several years, eventually, they do wear down. They can become chipped and cracked. They may start to separate from your tooth or even fall out.
If any of these things happen, you will want to replace your filling so you don’t risk more tooth decay in the future. By getting your replacement filling at one of our Laredo dentist offices, you can have a natural-looking smile once again.
So, You’ve Chipped Your Tooth
Biting into an olive pit
Biting a kernel of popcorn
Getting hit in the mouth with a baseball
Walking into something …
We could go on, but we think you get the point. A lot of things can cause you to have a chipped tooth. And just like a cavity, that chip may make you less confident in your smile.
You can repair your tooth with another simple procedure called dental bonding.
Now, if the damage to your tooth is large, we may recommend a dental crown instead, but bonding can be used to fix most chips at a fraction of the cost of a crown.
Bonding is basically a different way to use the composite resin we mentioned above. Instead of filling a hole created by tooth decay, bonding is done to rebuild the part of your tooth that has broken away.
As with a filling, we will prepare your tooth before putting the resin in place. After the resin hardens, we can polish it so even you won’t be able to tell where the bonding starts and your natural tooth ends.
Give Yourself A Reason To Keep Smiling
Our team at Davenport Dental Group wants you to feel comfortable with your smile. We don’t want something like a cavity or a chipped tooth to change have you feel about your teeth.
That’s why we offer both dental fillings and dental bonding to repair, restore, and maybe improve your smile.