The rates of dental caries (tooth decay) have been declining steadily since the 1970s. However, studies indicate that over 90 percent of adults between age 20 and 64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth
So, it’s fair to say that most of us have or will have to deal with dental decay at some point in our lives. At Ohana Dental of Bergen County, our tooth-colored fillings eliminate decay and leave you with a stronger, healthier tooth.
Address Decay Now, Avoid Problems Later
During your routine exams at our Midland Park dental office, we check for signs of decay and address it in its earliest stages. If we find a small cavity during your checkup, we can usually repair it with a small filling. But if we don't remove the decay at this stage, it will spread deeper into the tooth until it reaches the nerve and causes pain.
At this point, decay spreads very quickly. Once it reaches the inner pulp of your tooth, a filling will no longer be an option. We will need to perform a root canal to eliminate your discomfort and preserve as much tooth structure as possible.
Why We Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
You will also hear tooth-colored fillings referred to as composite fillings or dental composites because the material is a blend of microscopic resin and glass particles. This mixture gives tooth-colored filings an appearance similar to dental enamel, so we can not only restore your tooth to health but also create a seamless repair.
Choosing composite fillings for our Midland Park patients has several benefits:
- Blends well with your smile – Not only does the material resemble dental enamel, but our doctors expertly color-match it to your existing teeth.
- Makes a conservative repair – We need to remove only the decayed portion of the tooth, which helps maintain its integrity.
- Strengthens your tooth – Since the composite is bonded directly to the tooth, the result is a strong, durable repair.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
If you have minor smile flaws you would like to address but don’t want to commit to a procedure like porcelain veneers, cosmetic dental bonding might be the perfect solution for you.
We use the same tooth-colored composite material to resolve many minor aesthetic imperfections:
- Chipped or broken edges
- Teeth that appear too short
- Size discrepancies
- Uneven spacing and gaps
- Severe staining or discoloration
Dr. Misato and Dr. Venuti use the composite to build up or reshape portions of your tooth to fix these problems. Dental bonding is the most affordable and conservative treatment for improving your smile. The process is so straightforward that we can often repair several teeth during one appointment.
Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
Please call our Midland Park dental office to arrange your next exam and dental cleaning. We offer extended morning and evening hours so you can schedule your appointment at a time that works for you. If our dentists find signs of decay, they will take steps to treat it and restore your healthy, beautiful smile.