Fillings are the most common treatment for caries, also called cavities. Cavities are caused by bacteria taking advantage of a weak spot in enamel, the natural armor of teeth. Once the bacteria get started, they will not stop on their own. Left unchecked, this can lead to the eventual loss of the tooth. Filling materials include composite, tooth colored, light cured plastic, and amalgam.
Some teeth have fine, deep grooves that make it difficult to clean them properly. To protect those areas from being the starting site for cavities sealants are used to fill in and seal those grooves. Sealants are applied by brushing on a clear coating to aid in protecting the teeth.
Non-Surgical tissue treatments
The various tissues in your mouth are of the utmost importance not only for your teeth, but also for your overall health. If the tissue around your teeth is inflamed and bleeds easily, if you have an unpleasant taste in your mouth or persistent bad breath you may need help treating and healing your tissue. A complete examination with Dr. White will include checking your gums and other tissue in your mouth.
X-rays are a vital tool in diagnosing developing problems in your teeth and the bone that supports them. Some problems simply cannot be detected without the use of xrays. Consistent use of xrays over time also provides a history of changes in teeth and bone and allow for proactive treatment for potential issues.
Dr. White and his staff treat each patient with respect and will take time to understand your unique needs and educate you as to your options on the best treatment for you. Dr. White offers free second opinions, so if you are unsure of a diagnosis or treatment plan, we welcome you to book an appointment and he will be happy to review your options.