There are a wide variety of things that can cause tooth decay and subsequently, cavities. Poor oral hygiene, genetics, food choices, and certain medical conditions can all lead to you developing a cavity. The sooner cavities are treated, the better chance you have of avoiding infection, disease, and tooth loss.
The technology behind dental fillings has greatly evolved over time. In the past, materials used to create dental fillings were unsightly and distracting. Now, we have tooth-colored fillings that blend in seamlessly with your smile.
What is a tooth-colored filling?
Tooth-colored fillings offer an improved aesthetic over the silver fillings, which were previously the standard. Tooth-colored fillings are a composite of silica fillers and plastic resins. When blended, these materials can mimic the qualities of a natural tooth and have proven to be more resistant to wear and tear than other materials.
What can I expect while getting my filling?
Before the procedure begins, we will numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue so that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. We will then remove any damaged and decayed tissues from the area.
After your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, we will bond the filling material directly to it. Composite resin fillings, or the tooth-colored fillings, require less preparation than other methods of tooth restoration. This conservative approach to tooth repair can also help to ensure the overall structure of the tooth is upheld and can lead to a longer-lasting reconstruction.
How long will my filling last?
Composite resins are durable enough to withstand the pressure of chewing and are fracture-resistant. They are generally a great choice for small or medium-sized cavities. To make sure that your filling last for years to come, make sure to keep up with your regular oral hygiene habits. Brushing, flossing, and consistent trips to the dentist will help keep your filling healthy and strong.
When you develop a cavity, a filling may be the best way to save your tooth. If you are experiencing tooth pain and think that you could benefit from a filling, or want to learn more about composite fillings, contact us online or give us a call today at 614-870-3337.