White Filling


Cavities are the result of tooth decay caused by foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as breads, cereals, milk, soda, fruits, cakes, or candy which are left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth break down the food into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combine to form plaque which sticks to the teeth. The plaque breakdown the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes in the teeth called cavities, or caries.

Many people think cavities only affect children, but changes that occur with aging make cavities an adult problem too. Gingivitis or gum disease exposes the roots of teeth to plaque making them vulnerable to developing cavities. Old filling can weaken over time and can fracture, allowing bacteria to accumulate causing tooth decay.

For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark grey areas in someone's mouth when they laughed.

Today, you can get your cavities, as well as any other smaller hollow areas in your teeth, filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth's color - so they become invisible when applied.

"Dr. Patterson and Mercedes are fabulous! They both have gentle hands, especially with the anesthesia. Very courteous and attentive staff. Everyone is super professional and all the exam rooms and very clean. Best dental office I've been to...Highly recommended!"

-Brooke G.


Lawrenceville Location