When you have cavities, the last thing you want to worry about is a metal filling drawing attention whenever you smile. Dr. David Cannon at Cannon Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, offers patients composite fillings that match the natural shade of their teeth for a discrete restoration.
Treating decay with composite fillings
Cavities are created when bacteria in your mouth form acids that wear into your enamel, and if they’re left untreated, the infection can reach the root of your tooth and cause pain and sensitivity. Once tooth decay causes damage to your teeth, the only way to address the problem is to remove the decay and replace the damaged structure with a filling. Dr. Cannon can provide high-quality tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin designed to mimic the sheen and appearance of your tooth.
Depending on the size of the cavity, it can take as little as 20 minutes to treat the tooth, but larger cavities may require additional support from a dental crown. Dr. Cannon will evaluate the state of your teeth during your exam and recommend a treatment plan that will restore your oral health and prevent further issues in the future. He can also work with you to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from coming back by educating you on better hygiene habits. Maintaining routine cleanings and exams will ensure that we can spot problems in the earliest stages and take the most conservative approach possible if issues do arise.
Replacing metal fillings
Silver amalgam fillings contain high levels of mercury, and many patients prefer to avoid the risk of the materials breaking down and absorbing into their bodies. Dr. Cannon can safely remove silver amalgam fillings and replace them with composite fillings so you can have a safer, brighter smile.
If you need a cavity filled or you’re worried about your existing fillings, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. The sooner you get your issues treated, the less risk there is of losing your tooth. Patients in the Salt Lake City, UT, area looking for “dental fillings near me” can contact Cannon Dental today at (801) 406-9985 to set up a consultation.