Apilado Family Dentistry knows that tooth decay can have many different consequences if left unchecked, often leading to dental emergencies.
Avoiding cavities is why we encourage regular checkups and professional cleanings at least twice a year, but in some cases they still appear.
What Are Tooth Fillings For?
Tooth fillings are often used when a degree of decay is found on a tooth, which is either already a cavity or well on its way there. The dentist will usually drill or file away the decay, then use a tooth filling material in order to restore the tooth. When a filling is required, our dentist will assess the amount of decay involved by examination and x-ray. In the past, fillings were either gold, porcelain, or silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper). These days, dentists and patients have a new option, tooth-colored fillings known as composite resins.
There are different types of tooth fillings, but tooth-colored resins fillings are usually preferable for their natural look, good durability and resistance to fracture in small to medium sized fillings. They are also preferred if the tooth decay is near the gum line as tooth-colored composite resin fillings offer better nerve protection. They sometimes also require less removal of the natural tooth structure than other filling options, which is preferable since the procedure is meant to save the natural tooth as much as possible. Some of the advantages for choosing tooth-colored fillings over the other options are:
- Aesthetics: the shade can be matched to the color of your existing teeth, which makes them well suited for front and visible teeth.
- Bonding: composite resins chemically bond to a tooth structure, providing the tooth with more support.
- Versatility: composite fillings can be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth, giving a more natural look and better overall support to the dental structure.
If you are looking for quality tooth-colored fillings or any other emergency dental services, contact Apilado Family Dentistry. We will keep your family smiling!