Tooth Colored Fillings
How Cavities Form
Tooth decay is caused by certain kinds of bacteria that produce acid when they are metabolize simple carbohydrates. These harmful acids demineralize and weaken the tooth allowing the bacteria to further penetrate the tooth. Eventually the tooth structure breaks down and a hole will form in the tooth. This is a late stage in cavity development. An early stage in cavity development may look like a white spot on the tooth.. Brushing helps reduce the concentration of oral bacteria , and it helps to eliminate the acids on your teeth. Ignoring your oral care routine, or simply missing certain areas of your mouth, gives bacteria time to multiply and the acid they produce will cause the formation of a cavity.
Composite Dental Fillings
For many decades, cavities were filled with amalgam. Still used today, amalgam is very strong material. However, it does have some major disadvantages. It is silver in color, which makes it stand out against the rest of the tooth (which can ruin the aesthetics of your smile). It contains both metals and mercury. Many dental patients are uncomfortable with the idea of mercury in their fillings. Mercury is also an environmental concern. Amalgam fillings also require drilling more of the tooth’s structure away than just the decay.
Composite dental fillings are different. They are tooth colored resins with no metals.
Because they are bonded to the tooth they allow more conservation of tooth structure.
Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings
If you suspect you have a cavity, don’t ignore it. Contact Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule your appointment today.