Fillings Specialist

Marmalade Dentistry -  - General Dentist

Marmalade Dentistry

General Dentists located in Salt Lake City, UT

The Centers for Disease Control found that approximately 91% of adults in the United States ages 20-64 had tooth decay in permanent teeth. Tooth decay slowly destroys your tooth until a hole, known as a cavity, is left behind. The dental staff at Marmalade Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah, provide excellent care by cleaning away the decay inside the cavity, before filling it in by using protective dental fillings. To restore functionality and aesthetics to your tooth using dental fillings, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

Fillings Q & A

What’s a tooth filling?

You may need a tooth filling if bacteria in your mouth causes one of your teeth to erode to the point of creating a cavity.

If you’re in need of a filling, the dental staff at Marmalade Dentistry provides composite, tooth-colored fillings. Not only are these cosmetically appealing and match your natural tooth color, but they also prevent further decay in your tooth by sealing the entry to bacteria.

How can I tell if I have a cavity?

A cavity is a hole in your tooth that’s caused by a thin layer of bacteria in your mouth called plaque. If you let your cavity grow, it’ll affect deeper layers of your tooth leading to tooth loss.

It’s important to be aware of the symptoms around having a cavity, which include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothache or spontaneous pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Holes in your teeth
  • Brown or black staining on your tooth surface

Due to the overwhelming amount of people who have tooth decay, the provider and team at Marmalade Dentistry recommends you do the following to prevent cavities:

  • Brush your teeth daily with the right toothbrush
  • Develop a habit of flossing daily
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months
  • Minimize your intake of sugary and acidic drinks

Since a developing cavity isn’t always visible, as they often occur between teeth, the provider recommends you visit Marmalade Dentistry at least twice annually for your dental checkups to see if you have cavities forming.

Should I replace my amalgam mercury filing?

The dental staff at Marmalade Dentistry can remove your amalgam mercury filling and replace it with a newer composite one. The reasons for this are that your amalgam fillings are noticeable when you open your mouth. By replacing them with composite fillings, you’ll rest assured knowing your new filling is the same color as your other natural teeth making it virtually invisible.

There are also non-cosmetic reasons you should replace your amalgam fillings. These include the fact that they react to temperature changes because of the metal. If you have a hot drink, your amalgam filling expands, while if you have something cold, your filling contracts. This constant strain can cause your amalgam filling to crack.

Do you have tooth decay or cavities? If so, the dental fillings offered at Marmalade Dentistry could be perfect for you. Call the office today or book your appointment online.