Dental Office in Penfield
Tooth decay is a prevalent oral health condition, which occurs when the by products of the bacteria harbored by dental plaque break down the tooth enamel. At Gregory Merkley DDS, your Penfield dental office, we use state-of-the-art technology and methods to prevent, detect and treat tooth decay. Our goal is to keep your teeth cavity free from the start, and to catch this condition early on, when it is easiest to treat.
Plaque is a sticky film that continuously accumulates in your mouth containing bacteria that feed on the sugars in food. Managing plaque requires your commitment to a rigorous oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing and limiting your intake of sugary foods. When plaque calcifies, it turns to tartar, which is more difficult to remove. During your biannual teeth cleaning with your Penfield dental office, your dentist will rid your mouth of plaque and tartar to prevent cavities. Although, they can happen at any age children, due to lifestyle and dietary habits, are at a higher risk for developing cavities. That is why for our pediatric patients, we recommend fluoride treatments, which prevent the erosion of tooth enamel, and dental sealants, which protect the molars to prevent food debris and plaque from accumulating in the crevices.
At every checkup visit all patients receive a clinical examination and have diagnostic films taken as needed to determine if any cavities are present. To treat a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed matter and restore the tooth with a dental filling. A tooth colored filling uses durable, cosmetic materials to seamlessly blend with your natural tooth structure and restore the function and appearance of your tooth. Dental fillings are made of materials that are specifically designed to withstand the intense forces of your bite. Your dental fillings, if cared for properly, can last a lifetime.
At Gregory Merkely DDS, your Penfield dental office, our goal is to keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful throughout your life. Our expert dentists and friendly staff keep you comfortable and relaxed any time you visit your office. To learn more, call today.