Cosmetic Fillings in Somerset, KY
Dental decay is one of the most common health conditions in children and teens. That means that at some point, most of us are likely to end up with a cavity or two.
Contrary to popular belief, sugary foods alone do not cause decay; instead, the sugar provides bacteria with fuel. They also feed on starchy foods like crackers, chips, and bread. The bacteria create an acidic environment that eats away at your protective enamel.
At Southern Dental Group, we take periodic x-rays and give you regular exams in order to stop decay in its tracks. Early treatment means less invasive and less expensive treatment than if you wait.
Aesthetic Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dr. Michael Pope believes that all dentistry can look great – even the simplest filling can be as attractive as it is functional. Before we place a filling, Dr. Pope will remove all signs of decay and sterilize your tooth, eliminating all bacteria. Then he will prepare the area with a solution to allow your filling to adhere to your tooth. Next, he will place composite material in your tooth, filling the cavity. The composite will match the natural color of your teeth so well that it actually blends in, seamlessly.
Once he cures the composite resin, he will polish and shape your filling and apply any finishing touches so that it fits perfectly and completely seals your tooth, keeping out bacteria and food particles. You will be able to eat and drink right away following your appointment.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is an economic way to improve the appearance of your smile. In addition to being one of the most affordable cosmetic enhancements available, it is also beneficial because it allows you to maintain more of your healthy tooth structure compared to other treatments.
Cosmetic bonding can treat a wide range of minor aesthetic flaws such as chips, gaps, fractures, oddly shaped teeth, worn teeth, and discolored teeth.
Utilizing the same composite material we use to place fillings, Dr. Pope can add to your existing tooth structure to improve your tooth’s appearance. The repairs he makes will look natural and blend with your teeth to improve your appearance. While dental bonding is not suitable for large or complex cosmetic cases, it does provide an affordable and fast alternative for smaller treatments.
Teeth Whitening and Bonding
It is important to note that tooth-colored composite fillings and porcelain restorations (veneers and crowns) will not whiten and stain the same way as your natural teeth. If you would like to whiten your teeth, it is a good idea to do it prior to having fillings, bonding, or porcelain restorations.
Call Our Office
Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile with cosmetic bonding? Do you need fillings, but want to avoid those old dark-colored restorations? Give us a call! We can schedule an appointment with Dr. Pope so that you can learn about all of your options and take the first step toward a more attractive smile.