Tooth Colored Fillings
Cavities are a common oral health issue that affects the health the mouths of millions. While frequently associated with kids, cavities can affect your mouth no matter what your age. They form as a result of tooth decay, which occurs when acids from plaque and bacteria erode your tooth enamel. Once cavities form, treatment is needed to prevent them from worsening and restore your oral health. At Raptou Family Dental, we can restore teeth affected by cavities with tooth-colored fillings.
What if a Cavity Goes Untreated?
While the early stages of tooth decay may be able to be reversed, cavities cannot be. Without treatment, cavities continue to grow larger and deeper. These small pits provide hiding places for bacteria that can be difficult to clean. The bacteria inside the cavity continue to destroy the structure of the affected tooth. As the cavity grows larger, it compromises the structural integrity of the tooth. As it grows deeper, bacteria can enter into the tooth and cause a painful infection. Treating cavities right away is essential for preventing these issues.
What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?
Traditionally, cavities have been treated with amalgam or silver fillings. While these cavities are incredibly strong, they do have several disadvantages. These fillings are silver in color, making them stand out quite prominently against your teeth. The materials used for these fillings also raise concerns. Amalgam fillings are made up of a mixture of metals that are suspended in mercury. Patients with metal allergies may react to these fillings. The mercury content also causes concerns for many patients.
Tooth colored fillings provide an alternative to amalgam fillings. These types of fillings use composite resin, which is made up of plastic, fine glass, and other materials. While not as strong as amalgam, it can stand up to a significant amount of daily wear and tear. It also provides several significant advantages. Composite fillings do not have any metal or any mercury. The material is also tooth colored. It blends in perfectly with the rest of your natural tooth structure, which makes it particularly ideal for cavities affecting teeth at the front of your mouth.
Getting Your Tooth Colored Filling
The process for getting a tooth colored filling is fairly simple and straightforward. It can be completed in a single appointment and generally takes less than 30 minutes to complete. We- by cleaning the tooth and eliminating the decay. Next, an acid etch is applied inside the cavity, which works to create a rough texture that will help to enhance the bond between the filling material and your tooth. After the acid is washed off, the tooth is dried. The composite resin is applied to the cavity and cured using a specialized light. Finally, we polish the filling smooth.
Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings provide several benefits.
If you have developed a cavity, getting treatment right away is essential. Tooth colored fillings not only restore your oral health, they also restore the appearance of your smile. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Raptou Family Dental at (614) 427-0449 today.