Cavities are common for all people, and because of that, treating cavities is one of the most frequent reasons for visiting the dentist (aside from checkup and cleaning appointments). While cavities can often pose a serious threat to your oral health, the good news is that treating them can often be much simpler than you expect, especially with the help of a tooth-colored filling. Today, examine a few of the more important reasons why it’s important to treat a cavity, and why a tooth-colored filling may be your best option for doing it.
It blends in naturally with your smile
The most obvious difference between tooth-colored fillings and more traditional ones (such as metal amalgam) is that they blend in with your teeth. To match your tooth’s color, the filling is made from a composite of finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles, and tinted to match the color and shade of your healthy tooth structure. This means you can successfully treat your cavity without worrying about how your filling will impact your smile’s appearance, and your confidence in it. Eliminating that worry can encourage more patients to treat their cavities as soon as possible.
It interacts better with your tooth structure
Unlike metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings exhibit several properties that make them much more beneficial to your tooth than just their appearance. For example, a common problem with metal fillings is that they can change shape over time, either compressing or expanding due to exposure to extreme cold or heat. When placed inside of your tooth, a metal filling that expands can damage your tooth; if it contracts, it can expose the tooth to further decay. Because tooth-colored composite resin retains its shape long after it’s been placed, it can also eliminate the concerns associated with a changing filling.
It can prevent your need for root canal treatment
When an old filling fails, the danger to your tooth can be even worse than when you first received the filling. You might not notice the failed filling, and before long, oral bacteria can reinfect the tooth structure that was exposed by your cavity. This can lead to the need for more extensive treatment, such as root canal treatment and a lifelike dental crown being placed over the tooth. In severe cases, it might require extracting the tooth to preserve the rest of your good oral health.
Benefit from a tooth-colored filling
If you need a filling to treat a cavity, there are several important reasons why a tooth-colored restoration may be the best solution. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.