Have you ever put off having a dental procedure done because you were scared? If so, you are not alone. Many people avoid getting dental work done because they have a fear of the unknown. No one wants cavities when they visit the dentist, so it is important to practice good oral hygiene at home and get regular dental check-ups to catch any problems early before they turn into a dental filling. After all, good oral hygiene will reduce the risk of cavities and eliminate the need for a dental filling. Do not put off your dental check-ups. Good oral hygiene is related to overall good health. Visit a Sunrise Dental office today to keep your mouth in tip top shape without any cavities or fillings. We have offices located in the Bellevue, SeaTac, Seattle, Downtown Seattle, Snohomish, Bothell, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, and Olympia areas with convenient hours to meet your needs.
If it has been determined by your dental professional that a filling is needed to repair a cavity there are a variety of different materials that can be used for filling teeth. The two most common are amalgam fillings or silver or mercury fillings, made up of sliver, tin, copper, zinc, and mercury and composite resin fillings known as white fillings, tooth-colored fillings and direct veneers. Both are viable options, but only a dental professional can determine what the best option for your filling is.
The average life of a filling is about 12 years. It is important to visit your dentist regularly so that your fillings can be examined. Between dental check-ups it is also important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent decay from occurring under the filling. If you have many fillings or very large fillings, your dentist may prescribe a fluoride gel you can use at home. You can also use rinses that lower the acid level of your mouth. A lower acid level reduces decay-causing bacteria. This can lead to fewer cavities and dental fillings in the future.
Call a Sunrise Dental office today to schedule your check-up. Don’t let something simple turn into something more serious. The friend staff at Sunrise Dental can help you with any questions you have concerning dental fillings. We have many locations in the Bellevue, SeaTac, Seattle, Downtown Seattle, Snohomish, Bothell, Mill Creek, Lynnwood, and Olympia areas with convenient hours to meet your needs.