Cavities, one of the smaller forms of tooth decay, can be treated with dental fillings. When it comes to getting a filling, however, you have another option besides an amalgam of metals. The primary reason to avoid amalgam fillings is the fact that they may have other metals mixed into them.
The color of the metal clashes with the shades of your natural teeth, causing these fillings to stand out when speaking. The beauty of your smile is a source of confidence, so anything that detracts from its aesthetic quality can be a detriment to your self-image.
Tooth decay is a common dental concern that afflicts patients at any age. With proper oral care daily and twice annual visits the dentist, tooth decay is detected and treated before it becomes too severe. Patients experience symptoms such as pain or sensitivity to temperature. Tooth decay results from unhealthy diets, improper oral care, or trauma such as a crack or chip to the dental enamel.
The Aesthetic Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are a base of plastics that can be shade matched to the color of your teeth. In many instances, this material allows for a more natural appearance or a heightened one if you choose to whiten the smile before decay treatment. Since the filling contains a variety of plastics, there is no worry about metal allergies or mercury affecting your overall health and wellness.
Once mixed, the material is placed on the cavity and is hardened. Fillings can stain over time from drinks such as coffee and tea. Although not as durable as amalgam fillings, composite fillings offer an aesthetic option of protecting the smile from further decay that with proper care can last over ten years.
Less Alteration Needed
Fillings do not solely replace the decayed portion of a tooth. A certain amount of healthy tooth structure must be removed to give the restoration enough room to remain stable. Composite fillings do not need as much room, allowing minimal changes to your tooth’s healthy structures.
Minimized Risk of Fracture
Every medical treatment has its risks. For fillings, one of these is that the treated tooth may crack as the filling warps to absorb the pressure of biting and chewing. Metal fillings can put more pressure on the tooth and are more likely to crack the tooth as a result. The cracking risk with composite fillings is much less, minimizing the possibility of future damage.
Which Type of Filling is Right for You?
If you are unsure which type of filling would best fit your situation, we can help. Our team will consider the size and location of your cavity, overall cost, aesthetics, and your dental history before making a suggestion.
St. Louis Urgent Dental Group for Beautiful, Safe Restorations
Treating cavities is essential in maintaining optimal oral health. We help you get the restorative care you need through composite fillings. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our practice today.