Teeth take a lot of tender, loving care. And even when we do our best to practice daily dental hygiene, bacteria can still sneak in and cause cavities – the common cold of oral health. At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we have been filling cavities for years and would be happy to take care of any cavities or other dental problems you are experiencing.
Few individuals go their entire life without getting a cavity. Unfortunately for some children, a cavity is the first health problem they suffer in childhood.
Cavities are caused when bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque.
Plaque then clings to your teeth and the acid in the plaque starts to dissolve the enamel. The result is a hole in your tooth which can also be accompanied by a pain.
Because of how quick and effective dental fillings are, they are one of the best options to correct a cavity. At Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Ratcliff uses top-of-the-line instruments to examine the size and severity of the cavity and then ascertain exactly what type of filling is necessary. We offer white fillings that are as durable as conventional metal fillings and match your teeth precisely.
Once a decision is made on what filling you’ll need, Dr. Ratcliff will carry out the required preparations for the procedure. When a filling is carried out the right way, it can last for decades! That’s why we make certain the process is done with precision.
A filling isn’t a “set it and forget it” treatment. A tooth that has received a filling still needs to be properly cared for because tooth decay can arise in the surrounding tooth structure if bacteria is allowed to flourish.
Checkups are a critical part of caring for your teeth and there’s no better place to receive checkups than at Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. We have a comfortable, state-of-the-art office and a friendly, professional staff! That’s why so many people in Arlington have trusted us with their teeth since 1990.