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Dental Fillings Can Help Restore and Protect Oral Health

The vast majority of adults suffer from cavities and tooth decay. For many people, soft drinks, candy, and other foods that are high in sugar content make up a significant part of their diets. The bacteria that cause plaque, tartar, gum disease, and cavities feed off of this sugar as well. Fortunately for Hopewell Junction, NY, area residents, Dr. Haitham Ennabi can restore your oral health with dental fillings at Quality Dental Care, P.C.

Treatment With Dental Fillings

When tooth decay is allowed to progress, it can lead to cavities. If these cavities are not properly treated, they can result in severe pain, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Patients who do not practice good oral hygiene and eat a diet rich in carbohydrates are more likely to develop cavities. Dental fillings work to restore the normal structure and function of your teeth by repairing the decayed part of your tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are prepared and tinted to match the natural shade of your tooth and carefully applied in layers. Compared to silver amalgam fillings, the composite resin provides a safer and more aesthetically pleasing alternative for restoring your smile.

Tooth-colored fillings are an effective and aesthetically pleasing way of reversing the damage and restoring the natural condition of your smile.​

The Procedure

Amalgam vs composite fillingsIf decay is left untreated and allowed to proliferate, it can lead to serious health problems. Plaque can destroy tooth enamel and lead to tooth loss or gum disease. Tooth-colored fillings are an effective way of reversing the damage and restoring the natural aesthetics and function of your smile. 

After determining that tooth-colored fillings are an appropriate solution, Dr. Ennabi will begin treatment by applying a local anesthetic. Once you are relaxed and comfortable, he will gently remove the decayed portions of your tooth. Next, he will prepare the composite resin, shade-matching it to blend with the color of your natural tooth, and begin carefully applying it in layers. Between each layer, he will use a special curing light to harden the resin in order to restore the tooth's structural integrity. Finally, Dr. Enabbi will smooth and reshape the tooth, ensuring your comfort and function.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Patients benefit from tooth-colored fillings in a multitude of ways, including:

  • Health – Cavities and tooth decay cannot be ignored. If left untreated, they may turn into a more severe condition, such as gum disease. In sealing the cavity, your tooth-colored filling keeps bacteria out and prevents further deterioration of your tooth's structure. Your dental filling will occupy the vacant space and ultimately strengthen your tooth.
  • Aesthetics – Tooth-colored fillings are crafted to be virtually invisible in your smile. Because they are color-matched to the surrounding teeth, no one will be able to see the restoration.
  • Restoring Normal Function – Eating can be a very painful activity for someone suffering from a cavity. A tooth-colored filling allows you to stop worrying about how you chew your food and go back to enjoying the taste.

Following Treatment

After your tooth-colored filling has been placed, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. This means brushing and flossing twice daily, eating fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of sugar you eat. Maintaining dental appointments every six months with Dr. Ennabi for a professional cleaning and examination will also help to prevent any dental problems from developing.

Contact Us

If you have tooth decay, a tooth-colored filling can help restore the health of your smile. To learn more about how Quality Dental Care, P.C. can help you, visit us online or call (845) 227-1996 to schedule a consultation.