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A cavity damages your tooth enamel—sometimes beyond repair if the decay invades the interior pulp, root, and bone. However, if detected early, your family dentist, Dr. Greg Lowenguth, can remake the tooth enamel with restorative fillings at HFL Dental in Mendon, NY. Your tooth can be good as new.
What causes tooth decay?
Strep bacteria does. It lives in food particles on and between your teeth. Of course, we brush and floss to remove this plaque, but any leftover residue provides the perfect breeding ground for damaging bacteria. They give off acids which, little by little, lead to tooth decay.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem in both children and adults worldwide. However, you can prevent it with good oral hygiene habits at home and care from your family dentist in his Mendon area office.
The benefits of restorative fillings
If you do develop a cavity (some people are more prone than others), Dr. Lowenguth can repair it. He removes the decayed enamel and places a tooth-colored filling.
Most of today's fillings are made from durable and lifelike composite resin, a mixture of glass powder and acrylic. Into the prepared site, your family dentist layers the resin, hardening each surface with an ultraviolet light.
Besides composite resin, Dr. Lowenguth offers porcelain fillings (inlays and onlays) and glass ionomer fillings, which contain sustained-release fluoride. He'll repair your tooth with a material appropriate to the size and location of your cavity.
These are the benefits of modern restorative fillings:
- They stop the decay process, strengthen your enamel and allow you to keep your tooth.
- They block bacteria from invading the interior pulp chamber and root canals.
- Fillings strengthen tooth enamel and avoid fracture.
- Their natural color matches tooth enamel seamlessly.
- Your dentist removes less tooth enamel than with amalgam (metal) fillings.
- The procedure is fairly rapid, and most fillings last ten years or longer, says DocShop.
At HFL Dental in Mendon, your family dental team offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services. If Dr. Lowenguth discovers you have a cavity, rely on an effective repair with a natural-looking filling material. Call our office to learn more: (585) 624-1917.
If your teeth have become dull with age or are stained from certain foods, beverages, or tobacco, you can improve your smile with teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening treatments performed by a dental professional are the fastest way to achieve a significantly whiter smile. In fact, it is possible to whiten your teeth by several shades in just one in-office treatment and the results can last for years. At HFL Dental, Dr. Carl Murano is your Mendon and Honeoye Falls, NY, family dentist for professional teeth whitening treatments.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening is the quickest way to whiten and brighten your smile. In a single treatment session, it is possible to whiten teeth by up to eight shades and eliminate many stains caused by foods, beverages, or tobacco. Teeth that have become dull due to aging or other factors will also be significantly brighter after undergoing professional teeth whitening. Your Mendon family dentist can help you decide if professional teeth whitening is right for you.
Professional teeth whitening treatments utilize a high-quality bleaching agent that is able to penetrate the outer layers of tooth enamel and target certain types of stains and discolorations. During whitening treatment, the lips and gums are protected so they do not come into contact with the bleaching agent. Then, the bleaching agent is carefully brushed onto the teeth and left on for about an hour before being cleaned off. Afterward, your teeth will be immediately whiter and brighter.
Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening
Many teeth whitening products are available over-the-counter, such as whitening toothpastes or strips. However, professional teeth whitening offers several advantages over these products. Whitening treatments available through a dental office utilize a professional strength bleaching agent that makes it possible to achieve a whiter smile faster with results that can last for years. Further, professional teeth whitening is safer for teeth and gums. Over-the-counter whitening products can be abrasive and wear away tooth enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity.
Improve your smile with teeth whitening treatments available through your dentist’s office. Professional teeth whitening can deliver a significantly whiter smile more quickly than other methods. To improve your smile with teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murano, your family dentist serving Honeoye Falls and Mendon, NY, by calling HFL Dental at (585) 624-1917.