Treating Cavities with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth decay is the most frequently-experienced dental health issue, affecting at least one tooth in over 90% of adults in the United States. What begins as an infection resulting from excessive plaque buildup can lead to an infectious cavity, or hole in your tooth, that will grow larger until treated. However, even after we have removed the infection, the tooth structure you’ve lost will have to be replaced to restore the tooth’s health and integrity. In most instances, such a restoration is best accomplished with tooth-colored dental fillings, made from an innovative and more attractive acrylic-and-glass-like composite resin.
How Dental Fillings Work
As its name suggests, a dental filling “fills” the cavity left by tooth decay to fortify the tooth, and to protect its exposed interior, after the tooth has been sanitized. Using tooth-colored composite resin instead of more traditional metal amalgam, we can create a discreet restoration that blends in with your tooth as well as restores it. If you have a metal filling already, you can still upgrade it to a more attractive, and more effective, composite resin filling.
The Composite Resin Advantage
Besides the fact that composite resin fillings look better among your teeth than metal, the resin is also more easily bonded to your tooth’s structure. While metal might change shape with extreme temperatures, composite resin keeps the shape of the cavity to provide longer-lasting results. The improved function significantly reduces the risk of your dental filling failing, and of the need for a root canal therapy due to reinfection in the tooth.