At Smiles by Garcia, patients in the Austin, TX area have access to dental professionals who are dedicated to ensuring patients have healthy smiles free from dental decay. Dental decay, often referred to as cavities, can be detrimental to the smile. It can impact the health of the smile and can cause the loss of a tooth if it is not treated.
What causes dental decay?
Most cases of cavities are caused by poor oral health care habits. Dr. Arturo Garcia of Smiles by Garcia educates patients on the importance of proper brushing and flossing after every meal to maintain a healthy smile. Additionally, routine visits to the dentist allow Dr. Arturo Garcia to evaluate the smile, look for signs of decay, and treat them as soon as possible. Cavities are often addressed with the use of dental fillings.
Understanding the purpose of fillings
Many patients have heard of fillings, but may not be aware of their purpose. Fillings are used to “fill” areas of decay. This not only stops the decay from progressing, but protects the tooth from further damage or infection that can result if food or bacteria gets into the canals of the teeth. The most popular type of filling is that of composite resin bonding. This material is a clay-like material that can be molded onto or inside of a tooth. The material is then cured and hardened using a special light device. The dentist can then file down the filling and polish it to give it the same shine and appearance as natural tooth enamel. When done properly, these tooth-colored fillings cannot be detected by others within the smile, ensuring the best cosmetic appearance when completed. Some dentist may use other materials for fillings, including silver amalgam or metal, but these are often much more noticeable in the smile and have no aesthetic benefit.
Schedule your appointment with Smiles by Garcia
Dr. Arturo Garcia and his team at 2530 Walsh Tarlton Lane, Ste. 210 are available to assist patients in the community of Austin, TX with their oral health. When cavities become a problem, our team has a solution! We accept new and existing families into our quality dental practice for general, cosmetic, and restorative dental needs.