Riverside Dental Health & Beauty Spa
Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD
General Dentistry & Medical Spa located in Rio Rancho, NM
In a perfect world, your teeth hold up against the many forces that conspire to break them down, but sometimes these forces win, forcing you to deal with the damage. As the first line of defense, Barbara Lewis-Heywood, DMD, offers fillings that suit every need, including invisible fillings, at her practice, Riverside Dental Health. If you’re in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and you’d like to learn more, call the office or use the online booking tool.
Fillings Q & A
Why would I need fillings?
Your teeth are very strong, but sometimes opportunistic bacteria can get inside, causing tooth decay. As well, any chip or crack can also allow bacteria to get in, where they can destroy your teeth from the inside out.
To stop the progress of tooth decay, Dr. Lewis-Heywood turns to fillings, which restore damaged teeth and reset the line of defense against bacteria. To start, she removes the part of your tooth that’s been affected by decay, and then she cleans the area to prevent the decay from returning.
Once it’s ready, Dr. Lewis-Heywood fills the hole with a filling material.
What types of fillings are offered?
Fillings come in several different materials, which are designed to restore function to your tooth. These materials include:
This type of filling is made from a combination of metals that provide the strength your tooth needs to hold up against chewing. These fillings are dark in color, so they’re best used for back teeth.
If you’d rather not have noticeable fillings, Dr. Lewis-Heywood offers composite fillings, which are matched to the color of your teeth, making them invisible to the naked eye.
Do baby teeth need fillings?
Yes. Your child’s baby teeth play a very important role in holding the correct position for their secondary (adult) teeth. If your child’s baby teeth succumb to decay, and they lose a tooth prematurely, it threatens how the adult tooth will come in.
To ensure that your child’s adult teeth get the best start in life, Dr. Lewis-Heywood prefers to repair your child’s baby tooth with a filling, allowing it to fall out naturally when the time comes.
How long do fillings last?
There’s no good answer to this question, as some fillings can last for decades while others may need to be replaced because of simple wear and tear or further tooth decay.
Few fillings last a lifetime, so you should expect to replace your fillings at some point, but you can do your part to prolong your filling by taking great care of your teeth through regular at-home care, as well as your regular cleanings at Riverside Dental Health.
To explore your options in fillings, call Riverside Dental Health or use the online booking feature.