Decay is a common oral health issue caused by acid and bacteria. The process of tooth decay starts when a specific bacteria in the mouth come into contact with starchy or sugary foods. The acid which results can, over a period of time, cause a hole in the tooth's protective enamel, and lead to infection, pain, or tooth loss if left untreated.
In the past, cavities were usually treated using amalgam fillings, which not contain mercury and are dark in color. Amalgam fillings are durable and effective, but they are no longer the go-to choice for the majority of dental professionals. Instead, dental professionals are utilizing an alternative referred to as tooth-colored or composite fillings. Using tooth-colored fillings, a patient may appreciate results which are both long-lasting and discreet.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a blend of glass and plastic, and they can be made to blend in with the current color of your teeth. The advantages of tooth-colored fillings go way beyond their cosmetic feature. They are supportive of your tooth’s natural structure and do not respond to changes in temperature much in the same way amalgam fillings will. Tooth-colored fillings can be placed with minor changes to a smile, and they will not change shape or crack. That means we may preserve more of your natural smile as we offer better protection from all bacterial reinvasion.
Do you Need a Tooth-Colored Fillings?
At Bedford Dental, the dentist will evaluate your needs and speak with you about the best treatment. If the dentist sees any indications of tooth decay, he might suggest treatment using tooth-colored fillings. Treating tooth decay using a tooth-colored filling is relatively fast and easy.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Natural feel and look
- Less loss of tooth structure
- No mercury or metals
- Supports the tooth’s structure
For more information about tooth-colored fillings and other restorations, contact Bedford Dental today at (708) 496-8896.