Keep Your Cavities a Secret | Richmond Hill Dentist

Here we are – in the beginning of a new year. We are off and running with our resolutions to be healthier and happier in the new year. In fact, we are so ready to improve ourselves, we are giving our lives a complete overhaul. But are you including your oral health? After all, our mouths are the leading line of defense against plenty of other health issues we could have. If we don’t maintain a healthy dental routine, we can develop dental issues, like cavities.

In the past, cavities were composed of metallic materials, making your dental fixes obvious to everyone. But this is 2020 and we are trying to improve ourselves. Worry not, folks – thanks to modern technology, you can repair your cavities with a discrete filling.

Yes, composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-sized fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth, making them a fantastic option for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, due to their cosmetic look. Need more reason to choose them? Here are the advantages:

  • Eliminates unnatural, traditional metal fillings
  • Diminishes discoloration caused by metal fillings
  • Prevents tooth decay and gum diseases
  • Strengthens your teeth
  • Undetectable to others; matches the exact shade of your teeth

If you have questions or concerns regarding composite fillings, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Richmond Hill and all surrounding areas.

The Aftercare of Dental Fillings | Richmond Hill Dentist

We can be the most diligent of dental patients, but a cavity can mysteriously develop. Sometimes bacteria find a way to nestle into our pearly whites. Now we have a trip to the dentist in our future – because it’s time for a filling. Fillings are absolutely necessary in order to prevent further tooth decay from occurring. If left untreated, it can result in permanent tooth decay and the loss of teeth. With fillings, each tooth is healthy and less prone to infections. In order to guarantee your teeth are in top shape, regular dental appointments are necessary.

Your dental filling treatment is done under a local anesthetic, and once that anesthesia wears off, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive. For the next day or so, your mouth will be tender so your diet will need to change in order to lessen any unnecessary pain. Here’s a list of foods to avoid while your mouth is healing:

Hot and cold foods. Days after your procedure, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive to extreme temperatures. It will be easier, less painful, and more comfortable for you to eat your food at a “middle of the way” temperature.

Gum and sticky foods. After your filling, the material used to fill in the tooth will still be somewhat malleable. In that case, you want to avoid chewing excessively for the sole purpose of making sure your filling stays right.

Chewy foods. Pureed vegetable soup and fruit smoothies are great after procedure meal because your teeth won’t be in use. As time passes by, you’ll be able to eat your normal foods again.

If you have questions or concerns regarding dental fillings aftercare, contact Dr. Elham Tayefi, DDS at (905) 237-7842 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.artdentfamilydentistry.com for additional information.

Dr. Elham Tayefi proudly serves Ontario and all surrounding areas.