Repairing Tooth Decay with Different Types of Fillings
Why are Fillings Important?
There are thousands of different sources that can help bacteria make their way into your mouth and turn into plaque. The bacteria will begin to build up in layers, called plaque, all around the teeth and start to eat away at the tooth's enamel with the acid they release. When a tooth begins to decay because of this bacteria and acid, it forms what is known as a "cavity." While a cavity cannot be repaired on its own, dentists have a solution to stop the damage from becoming worse.
Before there was a professional dental solution, cavities couldn't be repaired and decay would work its way until a tooth decayed all the way down to the nerves. When this happened, the only thing left to do was to extract the tooth. But with the help of research and modern technology, composite fillings are now available to match the shade of a tooth for a subtle and effective way to repair the damage caused by plaque and bacteria.
How are Fillings Performed?
Patients are given a local anesthetic. Then the tooth decay is removed. After the decay is removed by Dr's Damon and Blankenship, your tooth will have a filling placed. Today we exclusively use a composite tooth filling material. This is the most esthetic and is white.
Types of Fillings
There are two popular types of fillings called an amalgam or a composite filling. An amalgam filling is a more old-fashioned type of filling, made of silver, tin, copper zinc and mercury to make a silver mold. The material is molded into the drilled hole and solidifies throughout the day to take its permanent shape in the tooth.
Composite fillings are more popular these days, as they're made out of a material somewhat like modeling clay that hardens when a curing light is applied. These fillings are synthetic resins that will look like the color of the rest of your tooth when they harden. This is the more popular option because they look discreet and natural. With the help of evolving technology and research, composite filling's durability and longevity have been approved over the past decade.
When to know when you might need a filling?
Some people can feel a cavity coming on - whether it's developing a sensitivity to hot or cold foods, feeling pain in a particular tooth throughout the day or when eating, or pain to sweets. It's important to get a tooth filled as soon as possible to prevent further damage from being done or needing a more serious procedure, like a root canal. Scheduling annual or semi-annual trips to the dentist for a routine cleaning is a proactive way to ensure you have a healthy smile. If you feel like you may need a filling or simply want a routine check-up and cleaning, schedule a consultation with Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center today to have your questions answered and teeth checked out.
For more information on types of fillings available at Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center, schedule an appointment with us today.