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You have over 600 different kinds of bacteria living in your mouth. One of these bacteria, Streptococcus mutans, is solely responsible for creating cavities. When S. mutans feeds on the little bits of sugar and starch left between your teeth after meals, it creates an acid that eats through your tooth enamel. As the enamel wears away, cavities form and allow even more bacteria to flourish. Even if you have your teeth regular dental cleaning, cavities can still form and will necessitate filling.

How Can Cosmetic Fillings Improve My Dental Health?

If your cavity descends past the enamel and into the dentin, you will begin to experience quite a bit of pain and discomfort and, if left untreated, you may have to undergo root canal therapy or have the tooth extracted altogether. When Dr. Deborah Gennero places a white filling, she begins the procedure by removing any decay in the tooth. This effectively decontaminates the tooth while the filling protects it against further decay. Having a cavity filled saves your tooth and spares you a good deal of discomfort.

Is It True That Dental Fillings Contain Mercury?

For years, dentists used a mercury alloy called amalgam to fill cavities. Recently, conscientious dental practices have stopped placing amalgam fillings due to health and environmental concerns. Instead, Dr. Gennero uses a mercury-free, tooth-colored material called a dental composite filling. Dental composite fillings protect the tooth just as well as amalgam, plus they have the added benefit of blending in with your natural teeth.

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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Gennero, please contact us today. A Houston dentist, Dr. Deborah Gennero proudly provides restorative and cosmetic dentistry to the entire Houston area, including  the Park Ten Energy Corridor, Clear Lake, The Woodlands, Katy, West Houston, and Sugarland, Texas.

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