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Dental Filling Demographics

Have you ever gotten a dental filling? Fillings are among the most common dental treatments in Houston and throughout the country. The Centers for Disease Control reports that 91% of adults in the US have cavities. That means if you don’t have a cavity, chances are very high that you know at least nine people that do. According to the 2011-2012 report by the CDC, adults in the US between the ages of 20 and 64 had cavities. Certain demographics of those adults show increased and decreased prevalence of cavities. Which Demographics May Need a Dental Filling In general, untreated tooth decay causes cavities. But people of certain heritages are more likely to get cavities than others. The CDC found that untreated tooth decay is most common in African Americans at 46% and least common in Asians at 17%. Hispanics are the second highest group at 36% and Caucasians are…

. Posted in Dental Fillings Category, Sealants and Fillings Category . Aug 07, 2017

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The Difference between Dental Bonding and Fillings

Chipping a tooth can be a very unpleasant experience. It can be painful and leave the tooth misshapen or with a very sharp edge. Some people may feel self conscious about having a misshapen tooth and want to have it restored to its original shape. Dental bonding can help with this. What is Dental Bonding? Dental bonding is a process of restoring the natural shape of a tooth using a color matched composite resin that mimics the appearance of the tooth being fixed. Bonding is a very inexpensive way to restore the look of healthy teeth. This is especially true in cases of accidental damage and light decay. It is used to fix the appearance of chipped teeth as well as discolored teeth, but its benefits are not solely cosmetic. There are practical uses for dental bonding as well, including protecting the roots of teeth. Receding gums expose these roots, increasing their…

. Posted in Dental Bonding Category, Dental Fillings CategoryTagged , . Dec 29, 2016

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Choosing the Right Dental Fillings in Houston

Fillings are one of the most common forms of restorative dentistry in Houston. They replace decayed portions of teeth, making the teeth stronger and healthier. Dental fillings are primarily for two scenarios: repairing cavities and filling root canal sites. Cavities form when bacteria wears away the protective minerals that shield teeth from damage. The bacteria begins digging into the enamel of the tooth, burrowing right down to the dentin. Root canals require an entry point, usually at the top of the tooth, to remove damaged dental pulp inside the tooth. A filling seals up the entry point once the procedure is complete. Materials for Dental Fillings There are several possible filling materials when needing dental fillings. Each material has its own strengths and weaknesses and no one filling fits every situation for every person. Gold Fillings have been around for a long period of time given the body’s tolerance of gold…

. Posted in Dental Fillings CategoryTagged . Jul 27, 2016