Dr. Amanda McPherson breaks down the facts and benefits of cosmetic fillings.
SEVERNA PARK, MD, October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Amanda McPherson, dentist in Severna Park, is excited to talk about the modern advances in dental fillings, specifically, cosmetic fillings.
People who complain of toothache after eating a solid food or sweet might have decay, also known as cavities-tiny holes found on the hard surface of teeth. A toothache can be mild, but sometimes it can feel like a jack hammer is directly hitting the tooth. Dr. McPherson stresses the importance of scheduling appointments as soon as possible to take care of cavities.
"Once we can see decay, it's important to get a cavity filled before it gets bigger. If a cavity gets too big, the pain may worsen, and too much decay can result in tooth loss. We don't want that for our patients," said Dr. McPherson, Severna Park dentist.
To fix a cavity, a dentist needs to remove the areas of decay and restore that area with a filling. The dentist starts by numbing the area around the tooth, so the patient will be comfortable during the procedure. After drilling the cavity and getting rid of any bacteria and debris, a dentist fills and polishes the area before it's finished.
As dental research progresses, Dr. McPherson focuses on modern advances in dental procedures and materials. Cosmetic fillings (tooth-colored materials) are an increasingly popular alternative to amalgam fillings (a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper and mercury). Rigid filling materials, such as amalgam, can crack and cause more decay to spread into the tooth. Cosmetic fillings try to replicate the look and function of a real, healthy tooth. Dr. McPherson works with these cosmetic filling materials so patients don't have to feel self-conscious about noticeable fillers. It's a safe and predictable treatment option for cavities.
What's great about cosmetic fillings is a dentist's ability to match the filling to a patient's teeth color for a more natural look. A cosmetic filling is a longer procedure; however, these fillings don't require too much removal of healthy parts of the tooth. Patients with decay on front, upper teeth should consider cosmetic feelings to help fix and compliment their smile.
"Our practice wants patients to feel comfortable and satisfied with their dental choices. Let us know what questions you have about cosmetic fillings. We provide the right care and knowledge, so patients can leave an appointment with a healthy and happy smile," said Dr. McPherson, Severna Park dentist.
To schedule an appointment for a checkup or other dental services, patients can call (410) 647-4094 or use the online appointment request form.
To learn more about Dr. McPherson, her staff or any of the services provided at her practice, patients are encouraged to visit her comprehensive dental website that can be found at http://www.amandamcphersondds.com
Amanda McPherson, DDS, MS
815 Ritchie Hwy, Ste 210
Severna Park, MD 21146
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