How can we help you?
As your dentist, we treat whatever oral health problem you face, from cavities to missing teeth. However, we also want to provide the information you need to make better decisions that help keep you out of the dental chair. This is why we take patient education so seriously and encourage you to ask questions. When it comes to your oral health, no question is too small; if it matters to you, it matters to us!
Your questions also inform us about your priorities are and tell us how we can best help you. To get you started, we've shared several questions that we hear most frequently, but we would love to hear from you if you have others not listed here. Please contact us, and we will be happy to find the answer you need!
Your teeth are durable structures that boast a coating of the hardest substance found in the human body. Your tooth enamel has the same hardness rating as steel, so you might think it's invulnerable. However, even steel needs protection and maintenance to have a reasonable lifespan, and so too does your smile require upkeep in the form of regular brushing, flossing, and twice-per-year dental exams.
Why We Use Dental Fillings in Mesquite, TX
Tooth cavities are small pits that eventually become holes in your tooth enamel. They result from a process where bacteria form a sticky film called plaque which, if not removed, cause tooth decay that will eventually create cavities.
This is a progressive condition where decay may break through to the inner portions of your tooth, close to your nerve. If we don't fill the cavity, it will grow larger and larger until it threatens the entire tooth.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Protect Teeth
Long gone are the days when we need to fill a tooth cavity with metallic amalgam. Dr. Lalani instead is proud to use tooth-colored materials when he fills a cavity. This resinous material can create a stable filling with less material, and we can match it to your natural tooth color so that it virtually disappears.
When cavities are in their early stages, you may be completely unaware of their presence. However, as the condition grows, a few tell-tale symptoms will likely appear, such as:
- Concentrated tooth pain
- Tooth sensitivity to temperature changes
- A visible hole or dark spots on your tooth
- Pain on your tooth's biting surface
If you experience any of these symptoms, we recommend you schedule a check-up immediately so that we may fill your cavity with tooth-colored materials, preserving both the health and beauty of your smile.