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By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
February 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Fillings are a staple of restorative dentistry. Most people will have developed at least one, usually more, cavities by the time they reach adulthood. Dental fillings are designed to seal a tooth after treatment for tooth decay, and to strengthen it to prevent more extensive damage in the future. Charlotte, NC, based family dentists, Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom, strongly recommend establishing good daily oral hygiene routines at home and scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings as early as possible in order to develop lifelong dental health habits. But when cavities happen, dental fillings are the most effective and lasting option to repair a decayed tooth.

Tooth Decay Prevention and Treatment in Charlotte, NC

Just like the portion of a natural tooth that they replace, dental restorations are susceptible to the same type of damage - wear and tear from chewing and teeth grinding, trauma and bacteria buildup from food and poor oral hygiene. Although fillings are very durable and can last for a decade or longer with proper care, the time frame is different for everyone and they will most likely have to be upgraded and replaced at some point. Over time, fillings can start to chip and crack, making it possible for decay-causing bacteria to get into the tooth.

If left untreated, bacteria can make its way into the pulp tissue deep inside the tooth, leading to infection, inflammation and even tooth loss. Once bacteria gets into the nerve tissue in the tooth, a root canal treatment is necessary to remove damaged tissue. Even with a good daily oral hygiene routine at home, regular dentist visits for an oral exam and professional cleaning are vital in order to prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease or to catch it early enough to prevent further damage.

Find a Dentist in Charlotte, NC

For more information on tooth decay and gum disease prevention and treatment, contact the office of Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom by calling (704) 553-2348 to schedule an appointment today.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
January 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings  

From the time you're an infant until you're long in the tooth, your dental health has a lasting impression on your health overall. And for most of us, our chances for getting a cavity increase as we experience a larger variety of scrumptious foods and drinks to indulge in, more opportunities to perpetuate tooth decay, and more time to deny the continuance of our overall dental health.

But regardless of your age or dental profile, finding the right family dentist for you and your loved ones' specific oral needs is important for continued good health. At Hockaday & Baucom, DDS, you'll find that your chompers are treated like kings and queens, because this family dentistry knows how important it is to serve your teeth wholeheartedly.

Check out why cavities can be a thing of the past when you choose the right filling below:

When Metal Fillings Are Right

Made up of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, the amalgam filling is perhaps the most popular metal filling. It's resilient and has a low-risk for being damaged further through normal wear and tear. However, considering how much attention they can bring, those of us who are shy about our teeth might prefer a different dental solution. Metal fillings also usually need more drilling done than other fillings, so choose this type if the extra attention you'll get along with a bit of initial installation pain doesn't bother you.

When Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Right

Tooth-colored fillings like composites, porcelain, and glass ionomer are much more life-like than many metal fillings. Also, less drilling is needed when placing most tooth-colored fillings compared with metal ones. Because of their more-real appearance, though, some of them can be more expensive. Choose tooth-colored fillings if you want the dental replacement option that most looks like a tooth.

Regardless of the filling you think is best to replace the cavity-induced vacancy in your row of teeth, the expert family dentists on site at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS, are ready and waiting to make your filling a fast success! Give them a call at (704) 553-2348 and find out why true dental relief can be found right here in Charlotte, NC, today.