Aaron M. Schertzer DDS PC

5445 Telegraph Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63129
(314) 892 -2120

 

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By Advanced Dental Arts
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

If you have a cavity, it's likely your family dentist in Oakville, Dr. Aaron Schertzer will use natural-looking composite resin or another innovative material to restore your tooth to full form and function. Learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay undermines the structure and health of literally millions of teeth across the US. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that 26 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 to 64 have untreated cavities, or holes in tooth enamel. Unaddressed and unrestored, decay leads to dental abscess and even tooth loss.

Much of tooth decay is preventable. By limiting sugary foods, brushing and flossing to remove plaque and tartar and getting semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with your family dentist in Oakville, you can protect your smile from decay.

When tooth decay happens

Despite our best efforts, tooth decay still may occur. If it happens to you, rest assured that Dr. Schertzer and his team have the diagnostic techniques and tools to detect and treat it successfully.

Instead of old-style amalgam fillings, Dr. Schertzer offers tooth-colored materials that are strong, flexible and natural-looking. They match surrounding tooth enamel in color and texture, and they require far less enamel reduction than older restorative processes.

Benefits of tooth-colored fillings

Besides providing strength, beauty and flexibility, today's filling materials are lifelike. Not only do these materials restore tooth enamel, but they can also, as necessary, bond directly to inner dentin.

Here are the materials your dentist may choose to restore your decayed tooth:

  • Composite resin, composed of plastic and glass particles. Dr. Schertzer layers this material into the prepared site and cures each layer with a special light.
  • Glass ionomer, this material works well for decay on the sides of the teeth (non-chewing surfaces in between teeth or on the tongue- or cheek-side.
  • Porcelain inlays or onlays, computer designed and manufactured, or created by a dental lab, to restore back teeth which have deep decay or larger fillings which have deteriorated.

Obviously, then, modern fillings are versatile, preserve tooth function and mimic natural functionality.

Your Oakville family dentist...

He's the one to see when you are concerned about tooth decay. Dr. Aaron Schertzer and his team provide quality preventive, restorative and cosmetic care you can rely on for better oral health. Phone us today to learn more about how tooth-colored fillings can help your smile: (314) 892-2120.

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