Dental plaque is a substance that builds up on teeth and can cause cavities. Cavities form when food gets trapped in between teeth and gums, leading to bacteria that can form plaque. The acids in plaque can dissolve tooth enamel and end up creating a hole, or cavity, in the tooth. Our dentist in Brooklyn, Dr. Abraham Esses, DDS, treats cavities by filling teeth with composite resin to protect the teeth from further cavities.
Composite fillings are usually placed by our dentist in Brooklyn towards the front of the mouth to maintain an aesthetic appearance due to their natural appearance and ability to closely match the color of real teeth. We also carry gold fillings, which are very durable and can last for many years like silver fillings do. Silver fillings are also known to be strong and durable, however, they do not match teeth as well. They’re also more susceptible to cracks and breakage. Silver and gold fillings can be expensive and require multiple visits to place on the teeth. This is another reason why white composite resin fillings are becoming more popular than ever, as well as because of their natural ability to match real teeth. Composite bonds well to teeth, making them virtually unbreakable. The drawback to composite is that it is prone to more chipping and cracking than other types of filling material.
Our dentist in Brooklyn helps patients fight plaque and tartar by encouraging them to practice proper oral health habits in order to keep their fillings fresh and to help prevent future problems with cavities and tooth decay. Daily brushing and flossing is imperative in keeping teeth clean, as is annual cleanings at our offices to help to get rid of deeper debris that brushing and flossing alone cannot reach. For more information, call DNA Dental today.