If you get a cavity, Dr. Jaurequi will recommend filling it as soon as possible. It can be tempting to put off treatment, especially if you don't like dental visits, but cavities never go away by themselves. Waiting allows tooth decay time to spread, and waiting too long may make it necessary to remove the tooth.
At Hawaiian Island Dental, we provide services to help our patients maintain healthy teeth, and filling cavities promptly is one of them. Because we use strong, durable composite resin for our tooth fillings, we can restore chewing function with a repair that lasts for many years.
Why It's Important to Fill Cavities
Unfortunately, cavities don't heal themselves. Without treatment, tooth decay will continue to spread, and when it gets close to the nerve, it causes a toothache. If the decay reaches the pulp deep inside your tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save it.
While visiting the dentist probably isn't your idea of fun, the sooner Dr. Jaurequi removes the decay, the less damage it will do to your tooth and general oral health.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings contain minute glass and resin particles, making them very similar in appearance to tooth enamel. And since we match the shade of your filling to your tooth color, the repair is virtually invisible once Dr. Jaurequi bonds it to your tooth.
Creates a Long-Lasting Repair
Just like any other tooth restoration, the more conscientious you are with your oral health, the longer it will last. Brush at least twice a day, floss once, and stay current with six-month cleanings and exams, and your tooth-colored filling could last five years or longer.
As a bonus, taking proper care of your oral health can help you avoid the need for another filling in the future!
Preserves Natural Tooth Structure
In dentistry, we always look to solutions that help you keep as much of your tooth structure for as long as possible. When placing a composite tooth filling, we only remove the decayed portion and leave the rest of the healthy tooth intact.
Corrects Minor Cosmetic Smile Flaws
Tooth-colored filling material looks so lifelike that our dentist uses it to perfect the appearance of flaws like chipped or broken teeth, gaps between teeth, and resolve shape or size differences.
This process is called dental bonding, and Dr. Jaurequi builds up the material layer by layer, shaping it carefully to match the contours of your tooth exactly. The final step is to harden and set the material with a special curing light. The result is a seamless repair and a beautiful, flawless smile.
Please Call to Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Jaurequi
If it’s time for your next checkup or you have a toothache, we can help you. Please call our Lihue dental office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jaurequi.
At Hawaiian Island Dental, our friendly dental team is pleased to serve our friends and neighbors in Lihue, Kapaa, Koloa, Kalaheo, Waimea, Kekaha, Princeville, Hanalei, and surrounding communities.