At Golsen Family Dentistry, we aim to provide you and your family with top quality dental care. This applies to both cosmetic and general dental procedures. Over time, most people will experience some form of tooth decay or breakage. This can be a result of poor dental hygiene, genetics, injury, or simply age. We offer tooth colored restorations that not only repair your teeth, but also restore them to their natural appearance.

    What are tooth colored restorations?

    Dental restoration has been practiced for years. In the past, teeth were restored using metal fillings in either silver or gold. Thanks to advancements in the cosmetic dentistry field, tooth colored restorations are available to give treated teeth a natural look. Tooth colored composite also mimics the properties of your natural teeth, making the pressure of chewing more comfortable for the patient.

    The overall goal of tooth colored restoration is to completely restore the tooth’s overall function and appearance. In the case of a cavity, tooth colored composite filling can be used to repair the tooth. The dentist will remove all of the decay from the tooth, then use the tooth colored deposit to restore the “missing” portion of the tooth. Once the composite is placed and bonded, the patient is left with a tooth that looks and feels like their natural teeth.

    For teeth that are chipped or misshapen, tooth colored composite can be used to improve the aesthetic appearance of the tooth. The dentist will carefully add a small amount of composite at a time, essentially layering it onto the tooth. In between layers, the composite is bonded giving the next layer a solid foundation to build upon. The patient is left with a restored, natural looking tooth.

    What causes the tooth structure to break down?

    Even if you brush and floss your teeth as directed by your Alpharetta dentist, you can still suffer from structural loss. The two main reasons teeth break down are tooth decay and injury. Some people are more prone to tooth decay due to weakened enamel, often caused by unfortunate genetics. Others may develop tooth decay as a result of neglecting to properly care for their teeth. When plaque is not removed from the teeth through regular brushing and flossing, it begins to eat away at the structure of the tooth. This can cause cavities that should be filled as soon as possible to prevent more extensive damage.

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