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By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
September 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Bright White SmileFind out why dental fillings could improve the health of your smile.


We know that just about everyone has heard about dental fillings, which are used on teeth that have a cavity. Of course, you may not realize why a dental filling needs to be placed or that it does offer some pretty awesome benefits for the health of your smile. Our Winston Salem, NC, general dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta is here to explain.

The Purpose of a Dental Filling

We just discovered a cavity during your routine checkup. Not to worry; it’s a good thing you came in when you did. Decay happens to all of us at some point but it can be treated when it’s caught early on. That’s why those six-month dental checkups are so important.

Our teeth are made up of an extremely tough material known as enamel. In fact, it’s the strongest substance in the human body (pretty neat, huh?). Unfortunately, just like Superman, even the strongest substance has a weakness and enamel’s weakness is plaque.

Our mouths are teeming with bacteria and when we eat sugar or starchy foods, the bacteria turn those foods into acid. This acid and bacteria then form a sticky layer over the teeth known as plaque. Little acid attacks are going on within the plaque buildup, breaking down tooth enamel until the plaque is brushed away.

Unfortunately, repeated acid attacks can take their toll on your teeth. When this happens a cavity forms. Luckily, we have the tools necessary to remove the cavity. Once the cavity is removed, it’s necessary to place a dental filling.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

A filling can improve how the tooth functions while also restoring and strengthening it again so that it doesn’t sustain further damage. Composite resin fillings are designed to match the shade of your teeth so no one will ever know that you have a dental filling.

Cosmetically Enhance Your Smile, Too!

Did you know that the same tooth-colored material used to fill a tooth could also improve the appearance of your smile even if you don’t have a cavity? This technique is known as dental bonding and all that our Winston Salem, NC, dentist has to do is apply the resin, shape it over minor imperfections (e.g. chips, cracks, discolorations and small gaps between teeth). You could instantly enhance and improve the shape and overall look of your smile through dental bonding.

No matter whether it’s time to schedule your six-month cleaning, you’re experiencing symptoms of a cavity or you want to find out if dental bonding is right for you, there’s never been a better time to call our Winston Salem, NC, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Perrotta. Schedule a consultation with us today.

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
June 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings  

Almost everyone is either familiar with or has a dental filling. One of the most common dental procedures, millions of dental fillingspeople have undergone this simple and quick tooth repair job. However, understanding this important procedure may be tricky. Learn more about dental fillings and how they work with help from your Winston-Salem, NC dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta.

When are dental fillings necessary? 
Untreated tooth decay can take a huge toll on your oral health. If there is evidence of decay or a cavity in your mouth, your dentist removes it using a dental drill. Removing the decay, however, also means removing some of the tooth itself. Dental fillings replace the parts of your tooth removed alongside the decay. Fillings are beneficial for smaller cavities which only require removal of a small part of the tooth’s enamel. Larger fillings, such as those left behind after root canal therapy, may hinder the strength of the tooth and require a dental crown.

What are dental fillings made out of? 
Tooth-colored composite resin materials make up most modern dental fillings. Dentists mold this type of filling directly on the tooth. Silver amalgam or gold fillings are also available. These materials last longer than composite resin, but are not tooth-colored, making them more noticeable.

What happens during a dental filling procedure? 
Your Winston-Salem, NC dentist starts the procedure by using local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth in question. This ensures that you feel no pain during your procedure. Next, Dr. Perrotta removes the decay on your tooth using a dental drill. Then, the filling material of your choice fills the hole left behind, restoring your tooth’s biting surface. Your dentist shapes the tooth into your bite to complete your new filling. Depending on the severity of the decay, most filling procedures take about 30 minutes. Most fillings can last up to 10 years before they require replacement.

How can I care for my dental filling? 
Caring for a dental filling is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss at least once a day. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show signs of wear. Use a separate strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria.

For more information on dental fillings, please contact Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC. Call (336) 760-9258 to schedule your appointment for a dental examination today!

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