Fillings Made from More Lifelike Materials
At some point in their lives, most people will experience tooth decay to some degree. If you’re diligent about attending your routine exams and cleanings, then you’ll have a good chance at detecting and treating it early. In many cases, that means cleaning the cavity to remove the bacteria and infected tooth structure, then filling it with a biocompatible material to restore and protect the tooth. At our office, we typically use tooth-colored composite resin or porcelain to create highly lifelike, durable, and discreet fillings that blend in almost seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
What a filling is meant to do
The tooth decay that causes a cavity to form in your tooth will keep progressing and eroding your tooth structure the longer it’s left untreated. The point of a tooth filling is to stop this progression while also restoring the remaining healthy portion of your tooth structure and protecting it from further infection. Tooth-colored materials like resin and porcelain are often ideal because they can accomplish both goals while also helping you retain your smile’s healthy, natural appearance. Both resin and porcelain are also strong enough to effectively withstand the pressures of your bite, which means they have a low chance of being dislodged or failing.
The main benefits tooth-colored fillings
Compared to metal fillings, which used to be the norm, the benefits of more modern tooth-colored fillings can seem obvious. However, they’re often more advantageous for your tooth, smile, and overall oral health than you might immediately realize. For example, a tooth-colored filling can:
- Remain discreet after being placed to boost your confidence
- Conform to the shape of your cavity better for increased durability
- Adhere more firmly to your healthy, natural tooth structure
- Last longer by retaining its shape for the life of the restoration
- Provide better protection to reduce your risks of needing root canal therapy
- And more
Schedule a visit to receive a tooth-colored filling
With a discreet and more natural looking tooth-colored filling, you won’t have a visible reminder of the cavity you treated. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly serve patients who live in Bayard, Deming, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, and all surrounding communities.