Dental Fillings Fairfax | Correcting Tooth Decay

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Dental Fillings Fairfax

Dental restoration is essential to maintain your smile and prevent issues such as infection and tooth loss. For this reason, tooth decay should be treated as soon as possible. Left untreated, decay can worsen leading to pain, infection, and tooth loss. This is why dental exams are essential. They detect decay and other issues early on to avoid extensive dental work.

At Breeze Dental, we offer an array of restorative dental procedures and assist patients of all ages. Learn more about dental fillings below and contact us today.

What Are Dental Fillings?

In brief, dental fillings are used to restore decayed teeth. Patients can choose from amalgam and composite-resin fillings. The main difference between the two materials is that amalgam is silver, while composite-resin is tooth-colored. Patients often prefer composite-resin for cosmetic reasons. It is also important to note that amalgam often darkens with time.

How Does Tooth Decay Occur?

Tooth decay is often the result of poor dental hygiene and diet choices. For instance, not brushing or flossing your teeth as recommended leads to buildup of plaque. Overtime, teeth can begin to decay. Tobacco use, sugary and acidic foods damage the tooth enamel as well. 

Some patients may not be aware of tooth decay and assume their teeth are well. This is because not all patients feel pain or discomfort. For this reason, maintaining your dental check-ups is essential. Your dentist will uncover dental issues you may not have been aware of. He or she will also recommend your best course of action.

What Is The Procedure?

If your dentist supects decay, he or she may also ask for a dental x-ray. This will allow them to further understand the extent of the decay. Should a dental filling be recommended, the debris and decay are removed from the tooth. Then, the filling material, amalgam or composite-resin, is applied. A special light is then cast onto the filling to harden it.

How To Maintain Your Dental Filling

Maintaining your dental filling is very important. Any chipping or damage must be corrected right away to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. Avoid sticky and hard to chew foods. In addition, maintain a well-balanced diet and visit the dentist as recommended.

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Breeze Dental offers an array of restorative dental treatments. Our team also has several years of experience assisting patients and their unique smiles. Learn more about dental fillings with a consultation. Call (703) 273-5545 or schedule an appointment online.

Protecting Your Smile With Preventive Dental Care

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Preventive Dental Care

Preventive dental care is your first line of defense against many oral health issues. That’s why Breeze Dental highly recommends maintaining routine dental exams and dental cleanings. In short, dental exams and cleanings detect issues early on while preventing new ones from occurring. Dental health issues like tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and tooth loss are common issues that many patients experience,

Learn about dental exams and dental cleanings today. Have questions? Breeze Dental would be delighted to assist. Contact us today!

What is a Dental Exam?

Routine dental exams are performed every 6 months to detect issues such as decay, periodontal disease, infection, tooth development, and tooth loss. For some patients, dental X-rays may be part of the visit to further understand the mouth structure and underlying issues. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, jaw, and overall mouth structure. He or she will also review the dental X-rays. Upon the findings, the dentist will discuss underlying issues, if applicable, and recommended treatments such as dental cleanings.

What is a Dental Cleaning?

A dental hygienist performs dental cleanings to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gum line. During this procedure, the hygienist uses a small mirror, scaler, and powered toothbrush. In brief, the hygienist searches for plaque and tartar using the small mirror. Once detected, the scaler is used to gently remove it. Next, the powered toothbrush and gritty toothpaste are used to scrub your teeth for a clean and polished look. 

He or she will also advise you of areas in your mouth that need more tooth brushing and flossing. In addition, they will advise you on how to best brush and floss for your unique needs. This is a great opportunity to discuss dental care habits as your hygienist is very knowledgeable about caring for teeth and gums.

Additional Notes

Just like a dental exam, it is recommended that patients have dental cleanings every 6 months. This is the best way to prevent buildup which often leads to decay, periodontal disease, infection, and tooth loss. Also, some patients may be recommended to have more dental exams and cleanings based on their individual needs. For example, those more prone to decay or gingivitis are likely to be recommended for a dental exam and cleaning every 3 to 4 months.

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As mentioned, dental exams and cleanings are essential for preventing many oral health issues. These preventive dental treatments are recommended for patients of all ages. Learn more by contacting us today. 

Breeze Dental offers a variety of dental treatments to assist the entire family. Services include pediatric, general, and cosmetic dentistry. New patients are always welcome. Schedule your next appointment today!