Cavities are common, but thanks to modern tooth fillings, most patients who experience one can save most of their tooth structure when a cavity strikes. However, treating a cavity means more than just filling it, but also helping to ensure that your tooth doesn’t become exposed again to harmful bacteria. In many cases, a tooth-colored filling can accomplish both goals effectively and discreetly, saving your tooth from a cavity while also improving the tooth’s overall appearance.
What a Filling Does
Tooth decay starts when oral bacteria weaken the enamel surrounding your tooth, and it progresses when the bacteria slip past it and infect your tooth structure. Known as dentin, this structure erodes in the midst of decay, causing a cavity (or hole) to form. Like its name suggests, a tooth filling is a biocompatible material that your dentist places inside of the cavity after cleaning away harmful bacteria and infected dentin. Because the loss of tooth structure weakens your tooth, the filling helps reinforce it after the cavity has been sanitized.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Made from customizable, tooth-colored composite resin, today’s fillings offer the benefit of remaining discreet and blending in with your natural tooth structure. Yet, the benefits also include the resin’s ability to more securely bond to your natural tooth structure compared to metal amalgam. By creating a more reliable seal for your cavity, the resin helps ensure that oral bacteria cannot reach the exposed the dentin that is no longer protected by enamel. This reduces your risks of your restoration failing and needing more extensive treatment later.
Learn More About the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
If your tooth develops a cavity, then a tooth-filling can offer a number of benefits over more traditional metal fillings. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.