Very few of us will make it through life without getting at least one cavity. Some people are genetically predisposed to tooth decay, but most just get neglectful of their oral health. Eventually, the consequences catch up, and the result is cavities that require tooth fillings to repair.
Our goal at Murfree Dental is to provide our patients with the highest standard of dental care, even when it comes to a simple treatment like a tooth filling. We use tooth-colored composite fillings because they restore a decayed tooth, preserve more tooth structure, and create a seamless repair.
How Cavities Develop
As we grew up, we learned that sugar was bad for our teeth, even if we didn’t really understand why. It’s the sugar that interacts with bacteria in plaque on your teeth and produces acid. As the acid sits on your teeth, it slowly starts to dissolve tooth enamel and creates a hole that we call a cavity.
The goal of brushing twice a day and flossing once is to remove plaque that allows this cavity-producing process to take place. Since brushing and flossing can’t remove every trace of plaque and hardened plaque called tartar from your teeth, we encourage teeth cleanings with our hygienist every six months.
Why We Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
At Murfree Dental, we use tooth-colored filling material because it is strong and durable and creates a lasting repair. You may also hear it called composite fillings or dental composites because it is a mixture of glass and resin particles that impart a beautiful translucent appearance.
Another important consideration is that composite fillings allow our dentist to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible when creating a repair. The goal is to remove only the decayed part of the tooth and leave the healthy portion intact. An etching liquid is applied to the remaining structure, and Dr. Murfree expertly places the filling material and shapes it to match the tooth's contours. After the cavity is filled, we use a curing light to set the material, and the result is a healthier tooth and a strong, invisible repair that will serve you for many years to come.
Dental Bonding with Composite Filling Material
The realistic look of tooth-colored fillings makes it perfect for a cosmetic procedure called dental bonding. With bonding, Dr. Murfree fills in aesthetic flaws like small chips and breaks, wide or uneven gaps, and conceal tooth discoloration.
As e expertly builds up the material in layers, he sculpts it to match the contours of your tooth perfectly. Dental bonding looks so natural that even you won’t be able to detect the repair.
Do You Have a Toothache and Need a Filling?
We commonly treat toothaches at our Murfreesboro dental office, and our tooth-colored fillings leave you with a healthier and better-looking smile. If you have a toothache or think you have a cavity, please call Murfree Dental to schedule an appointment.