Unfortunately, cavities happen to patients of all ages—not just children. In the past, dentists relied on silver amalgam to treat decayed teeth, which detracted from the smile. Today, we offer tooth-colored fillings and restorations in Winter Park for enhanced aesthetics.
Dr. Bryant Anderson wants you to have a smile you can be proud of, and our tooth-colored fillings blend effortlessly with your teeth—no one will know you’ve even had a cavity. Additionally, if you have old silver fillings, ask Dr. Anderson about replacing these for optimal smile enhancement.
Treating Tooth Decay
Often, you can have a dental cavity without even knowing it. Tooth decay tends to start small. Other times, you may notice a spot on your tooth or a tiny indentation when you run your tongue over the tooth. Tooth decay can also start between teeth.
Because cavities are easy to miss, it is essential to visit your Winter Park dentist on schedule. The sooner we treat the decay, the better chance you have of preventing a deep root cavity or losing your tooth.
The first step is diagnosis. If Dr. Anderson finds a cavity during your routine exam, we treat the problem or schedule a new appointment, depending on time and current scheduling.
Treating tooth decay is very straightforward. You simply relax with one of our blankets and a comfy neck pillow. Your dentist numbs the area, gently clears away the decay, and seals your tooth with a tooth-colored filling.
For those who feel anxious, ask Dr. Anderson about nitrous oxide, a safe relaxation gas that allows you to get treatment without the anxiety.
The same composite resin we use to create tooth-colored fillings can also bond your teeth, which is an inexpensive way to upgrade your smile dramatically.
Your dentist in Winter Park spreads the resin across your chipped, discolored, or misshapen tooth, uses a special light to set the material, and then finishes up with a polish.
Composite resin is a strong, aesthetic material that allows you to enjoy your favorite meals without concern.
Lowering Your Risks
Most of us will have at least one cavity in our lifetime—usually more than one. But there are steps you can take to lower your risks.
It’s important to brush and floss at least twice each day. You should also reduce sugary and acidic foods and drinks. If you do indulge, try adding another brushing and flossing session to your routine.
You should also visit the dentist on schedule for checkups and teeth cleanings. Checkups help your dentist detect small issues before they become costly problems. Professional teeth cleanings clear away the stubborn tartar and bacteria that your toothbrush leaves behind, which can lead to tooth decay.
If you suffer from bruxism, you can wear down your enamel, which can lead to cavities and even tooth breakage. Ask Dr. Anderson about a custom nightguard.
Schedule Your Next Dental Checkup with Us
If you’re looking for dental care from a skilled and compassionate team, we look forward to meeting you.
We serve patients in Winter Park, Maitland, Orlando, Casselberry, Longwood, Oviedo, Winter Springs, and other nearby locations.