Fillings

Making Cavities Disappear with Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay, aren’t just a problem for children who eat too many sugary treats. Many adults place themselves at a high risk of developing tooth decay without realizing it. When you eat starches and sugars, they mix with the bacteria in your mouth to create acids that destroy the enamel, or outer layer, of a tooth. The soft spots created by acids are called cavities, and left unchecked, they will extend into the dentin, which is the next layer of the tooth.

You can help prevent cavities by reducing the amount of sugars you eat, or at least eating them as part of a larger meal, which reduces their acidic effects. You should also brush frequently with fluoridated toothpaste to remove acidic plaque from teeth before it can cause damage, as well as floss to remove this substance from between teeth. If you do develop a cavity, you should seek treatment from yourWest Des Moines general dentist as soon as possible so that it can be repaired with a filling.

Filling Materials that Blend In with Your Teeth

Dr. Hawks uses natural-looking white fillings to treat tooth decay. Made of composite resin, which is a durable plastic material, these fillings can be shaded to create a color that ideally matches your tooth. Composite resin is the same material that Dr. Hawks uses to perform dental bonding, a common cosmetic dental procedure that improves the appearance of stained, chipped, of discolored teeth. Your tooth-colored filling, which actually serves to strengthen the tooth structure, will be virtually undetectable.

Restoring Teeth to a Healthy, Beautiful State

Filling placement by your West Des Moines dentist begins with him isolating the tooth to make sure it stays dry during the procedure. He will then remove the decayed or infected part of the tooth with a dental instrument and slightly etch the surface of the prepared space so that the filling material will bond better. Next, Dr. Hawks will place the composite resin onto the tooth in layers and shine a special light on the material to harden it. The final step in the process is for Dr. Hawks to shape the filling to make sure it is a good fit with the opposing teeth when biting, and to polish it so that it blends and resembles natural tooth structure.

Is a Tooth-Colored Filling the Right Option?

Find out how to discreetly and effectively treat your cavity with a biocompatible tooth-colored filling. To find out if it’s the right option for you, schedule an examination by¬†calling our dental office in West Des Moines, IA, at (515) 225-6665. Since 1985, Dr. Hawks has proudly served the residents of West Des Moines, as well as Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, Grimes, and all surrounding communities since 1985.