Restorative Dentistry in Houston, TX
Chances are that at some point during your life, you will have a restoration either to repair a damaged tooth, improve the appearance of your tooth, or treat a cavity.
In fact, according to the CDC, nine out of ten people have some form of dental caries, requiring treatment. However, nearly 20 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated caries (decay).
Preventing Dental Decay
Because 92 percent of adults have some amount of dental decay, it is one of the most common preventable diseases today. With the proper care, it is easy to prevent or reduce your likelihood of contracting dental caries. The following steps, recommended by the CDC, are a great way to stay healthy.
- Brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste.
- Make sure you brush for at least two minutes.
- Floss between your teeth daily.
- Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacking.
- Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and exam at least twice per year.
- Consider preventive treatments such as fluoride treatments or dental sealants to protect your teeth.
Treatment for Cavities
While the above recommendations are the first step in supporting your oral health and preventing cavities, if you do experience decay at some point, treating it early can cut down on potential damage.
At Bear Creek Dentistry, we utilize digital dental x-rays to diagnose decay and other common dental conditions as early as possible. When treated early, you can prevent serious conditions that put your oral health at risk and require extensive treatment. Digital x-rays are an essential part of our preventive treatment.
When one of our dentists discovers decay, they will schedule you for a filling. After making certain you are completely numb, our dentist will gently remove all traces of decay and bacteria, and then fill the area with tooth-colored composite material that will seal and protect your tooth. He will shape and polish it to a shine so that your filling is virtually undetectable.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
If you have small chips in your teeth or unsightly gaps in your smile you would like to improve, we offer dental bonding at our Houston dental office. Dental bonding repairs problems such as chips and keeps out bacteria that cause decay. We utilize the same tooth-colored composite material we use for fillings. It comes in a wide variety of shades, allowing us to match your natural teeth.
Even if you have no damage but you have a gap between your teeth, we may be able to widen your teeth with bonding and fill in the gap, creating a seamless and uniform appearance to your smile.
Do You Have Cavities?
If you have cavities or suspect that you might, give us a call. We can perform a full evaluation and provide you with effective treatment options to resolve your dental conditions and protect your oral health. We look forward to hearing from you.