In general, tooth fillings aren’t a new concept in restorative dentistry. Cavities, which are the most common dental concern for patients of all ages, have been a problem for as long as we’ve had teeth. Cleaning and filling the cavity has always been the most effective way to treat it. However, today’s tooth fillings have evolved significantly in several different ways, and are designed to not just treat a cavity, but do more for your tooth’s long-term health, integrity, and appearance than you might expect.
Restoring your tooth in several ways
The challenge in treating cavities is that the tooth decay behind it affects everyone’s teeth differently. The specific size, shape, and location of your cavity can differ from everyone else’s, and your tooth filling must be able to adapt to your unique needs with optimal results. Tooth-colored fillings, which are crafted from biocompatible composite resin, can conform precisely to the shape of the cavity once the resin is placed. Because the resin can be customized to match the tooth’s color and shade, as well as hardened to effectively endure the pressures of your bite, the tooth-colored filling can provide several important benefits when restoring your smile, including:
- Ensuring your cavity remains protected – When a cavity forms, the tooth decay (or infection) that causes it will continue to progress. Treating the cavity involves removing the infected tooth structure, and afterward, the section of your tooth may be vulnerable to further infection without proper protection. Its ability to conform to your cavity’s shape and retain that shape for years gives your tooth-colored filling the ability to better protect the tooth long-term.
- Keeping your treatment highly discreet – The more discreet nature of tooth-colored fillings is a vast improvement over more traditional fillings, which were often crafted from metal amalgam. Unlike metal, the acrylic and quartz-like particles that make up composite resin can be customized to closely match the color and shade of your tooth, allowing your filling to blend in discreetly and improve your tooth’s overall appearance.
- Reducing your risks of needing root canal treatment – If a cavity is allowed to grow enough, it can become a more significant threat to the integrity of the tooth as well as the rest of your oral health. Treating cavities early with tooth-colored fillings help stop the progression of the decay, and with their highly effective results, the right custom filling can help you avoid more severe decay later. If the tooth becomes severely infected, then root canal treatment might be necessary to remove the decay from its inner chamber and root canal.
Learn what a filling can do for your smile
Modern, tooth-colored fillings are designed to treat cavities in a way that not only restores your tooth, but also improves its appearance and helps preserve its long-term health and integrity. To learn more, schedule a visit with us by calling Cederberg Dental in Dallas, TX, today at 214-348-7090.