Despite the most diligent home care, healthy diet, and regular checkups at the dentist, most adults will have at least one cavity in their lifetime. In fact, dental caries are one of the most common issues dentists face on a daily basis.
The standard in years past for taking care of tooth decay was a metal, amalgam filling. Recognizable by their dull gray color, you might even have a few left in your mouth from fillings you had long ago.
But today, tooth-colored composite fillings mean your tooth decay is treated with a material made from a blend of tiny particles of glass and plastic made to match the color of your teeth. Not only can new decay be treated with this esthetic option, but if you have any old amalgam fillings you would like to replace, this is also an option.
If you have a cavity—new or old—call GB Dental to find out more about tooth-colored fillings.
The Steps Involved for Filling a Tooth
The process for treating decay with tooth-colored composite isn’t much different from having a tooth treated with amalgam. The main difference is that Dr. Bharwani will not have to remove as much of the tooth structure to receive the tooth-colored filling. This not only means less time in the dental chair, but you will keep more of your original healthy tooth structure intact, which is always a good thing.
After giving you a local anesthetic, Dr. Bharwani will use a dental drill to remove the decay. The composite filling material, which is made to match your tooth color, will be applied in layers to the tooth, with each layer undergoing a “curing” process. Once the decay has been filled, he will have you bite down to ensure the filling feels comfortable and natural for chewing. After polishing the composite filling, the procedure is finished.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
In addition to their esthetic advantage, tooth-colored fillings have other advantages over amalgam fillings. Because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed to apply the filling, you can keep more of your natural tooth—and the process is quicker, so you’ll be in and out of the dental chair faster.
Since more of your tooth structure remains, there is less chance of fracture, as is common with amalgam fillings as they age and wear down. The composite material does not expand and contract as much as amalgam fillings either. Because the composite material bonds directly to your tooth, your tooth-colored filling is strong and durable.
Composite fillings are ideal for filling cavities at the front of your mouth. The material is also used cosmetically for bonding, which involves repairing chips and cracks in the teeth.
Find Out More about the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you want to find out more about getting a new cavity filled or getting your old amalgam fillings replaced, call GB Dental. We offer tooth-colored fillings for an attractive, esthetic look. Call us today!