James Rochefort, D.M.D.
General Dentistry & Laser Dentist located in DOVER, NH
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice the appearance of your smile to properly treat a cavity. That’s why James Rochefort, DMD, offers white fillings for his patients at Dr. James Rochefort, Family Dentistry in Dover, New Hampshire. If you’re interested in learning more about how Dr. Rochefort can improve your smile with white fillings, book an appointment today by calling the office or scheduling online.
White Fillings Q & A
How do cavities form?
Cavities develop when plaque is left to sit on your teeth for too long. Plaque contains a wealth of acids and bacteria that eat away at your teeth. The longer it sits on your tooth surfaces, the more time it has to enact damage.
You can easily remove plaque from your smile with regular brushing and flossing. But if you leave plaque on your teeth for too long, it hardens and turns into tartar, which requires professional cleaning to remove.
When plaque or tartar stays on your teeth for too long, the bacteria and acid eat away enough tooth material to create a hole or cavity. If you’ve developed a cavity, you’ll need a filling to treat it.
What are the symptoms of a cavity?
Some of the signs that you have a cavity include:
- Visible hole in the surface of your tooth
- Black, brown, or white staining on your tooth
- Increased sensitivity to hot and cold substances
- Spontaneous toothache
- Pain when biting down on something
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rochefort immediately. The sooner you get to a cavity, the less extensive the treatment.
How do you treat cavities?
Dr. Rochefort and his team use the most advanced tools and techniques for treating your cavities, like the Solea® CO2 dental laser and white fillings.
The Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard, soft, and osseous tissue procedures, and enables Dr. Rochefort to remove your decayed tooth material without having to use a drill. Treating your cavity with the Solea laser leads to faster healing time, less discomfort, and a reduced risk of infection.
Once Dr. Rochefort removes all the decay from your tooth, he fills in the resulting hole with a white filling material. He then shines a special light on the filling to harden it and sends you on your way with a newly restored tooth.
What are the advantages of white fillings?
Unlike other filling materials, white fillings enable Dr. Rochefort to treat your cavity without compromising the aesthetic integrity of your smile. A white filling helps prevent your tooth from further decay while leaving your smile looking beautiful.
To learn more about how white fillings can optimize your oral health, schedule a visit with Dr. James Rochefort, Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking online.