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West End Dental Inc Reopening
West End Dental is excited to begin seeing patients safely. These are unprecedented times, and we want to reassure you that we have taken every precaution to ensure your safety and wellbeing during your visit.

We are limiting the number of patients in the office in order to maintain appropriate social distance. We ask that you provide your own face mask when in the office, use provided hand sanitizer, and that you come to your appointment alone unless accompaniment is required.

All patients will be screened with a contactless temperature check, pulse oximeter reading, and verbal questionnaire.

We ask that you understand that our provider's time is more crucial than ever and request that you be prompt to your appointment, arriving no sooner or later than your appointment time. Understand that if you cancel your appointment less than 48 hours in advance or are more than 15 minutes late to your visit, we will charge your account a $50.00 non-refundable fee.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these unprecedented times. Please watch the video below for more information.

Composite Tooth Fillings


A man laughing with fillings in his mouth atWest End DentalTaking care of your teeth is essential for preventing oral health issues, including tooth decay and cavities. Cavity prevention involves brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings and exams. After a cavity forms, it needs to be treated. Untreated, a cavity only grows larger, causing serious problems. At West End Dental, we can treat your cavities, restoring the health of your mouth with composite dental fillings.

How Cavities Form


A cavity forms as the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by the erosion of your tooth enamel. Oral bacteria, which live in your mouth, feed on lingering sugars. As they eat, they produce harmful acids, which eat away at the enamel of your teeth. Brushing helps to keep the number of oral bacteria down, and it helps to eliminate the acids on your teeth. Ignoring your oral care routine, or simply missing certain areas of your mouth, gives the acids time to cause the formation of a small pit (cavity) in the enamel. Bacteria take up residence in this pit, and continue their destruction. Over time, the cavity grows larger. Untreated, it can begin to destroy the tooth, weakening it. It can also enter into the inner layer of the tooth, allowing bacteria in. If this happens, a painful infection can form. For these reasons, treating cavities as soon as they are noticed is very important.

Composite Dental Fillings


For many decades, cavities were filled with amalgam. Still used today, amalgam is very strong material. However, it does have some major disadvantages. It is silver in color, which makes it stand out against the rest of the tooth (which can ruin the aesthetics of your smile). It contains both metals and mercury. Many dental patients are uncomfortable with the idea of mercury in their fillings. Amalgam fillings also require drilling more of the tooth’s structure away than just the decay.

Composite dental fillings are different. Composite resin, a mixture of fine glass, plastic, and other materials, is used to fill in the cavity. The material is not as strong as amalgam (although it can stand up to most normal daily wear and tear), but it does blend in beautifully with your enamel, making it ideal for cavities that affect the teeth visible when you smile.

Placing Your Composite Dental Fillings


Composite dental fillings are a straightforward procedure that takes only a single visit to complete. The procedure for placing the filling is fairly similar to placing amalgam fillings. If necessary, a local anesthetic is administered. Next, the decay is drilled away from the tooth. The tooth is cleaned and dried. An acid etch is used to create a rough texture, which helps to ensure a strong bond between the composite material and your tooth. The tooth is cleaned and dried a second time. We fill the cavity with the composite resin material and use a special light to cure, or dry, it. Finally, the material is polished smooth.

Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings


Composite dental fillings have several benefits:
•  Composite resin provides a seamless fix, blending in perfectly with the color of your natural enamel.
•  There is no metal or mercury in composite resin.
•  More of your natural tooth structure is preserved.
•  Composite resin bonds with your natural tooth.
•  The material cures (hardens) faster than amalgam.
•  It can easily be replaced if damaged, loosened, or lost.

If you suspect you have a cavity, don’t ignore it. Contact West End Dental to schedule your appointment today.
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