Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for having a healthy mouth. To keep your mouth healthy, dentists throughout the world recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. The American Dental Association recommends that you have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months, or when your dentist recommends.
Skipping any part of your oral care can lead to serious issues, including teeth cavities and gum problems. However, if a cavity does form, Edge Dental can help in restoring the tooth with dental fillings.
How Does a Cavity Form?
A cavity is a pit that forms in your tooth as a result of tooth decay. Decay occurs when acids from plaque and bacteria, as well as those from different foods and beverages, erode your tooth enamel. As the acids eat away at the enamel, they cause weak spots that eventually lead to cavities. Once a cavity forms inside a tooth, it cannot be reversed. It can, however, be treated. One of the most common ways we do this is with a filling.
What Happens If you Don’t get a Filling in Time?
If you have a cavity in one of your teeth, then you must not take this situation lightly. Ignoring teeth cavities can lead to serious consequences regarding your dental health. Let’s look at what happens when you avoid getting your damaged teeth restored:
● Need for Root Canal Treatment – avoiding to get your damaged teeth restored with a filling results in widespread destruction of the tooth structure, which can even lead to the exposure of the underlying pulp tissue. When this happens, the pulp becomes infected, and the only option you will be left with to save the tooth is to undergo a root canal treatment.
● Tooth Loss – Not taking preventive measures in time can cause so much destruction of the natural tooth structure, that in certain situations it is no longer possible to save that tooth. The tooth ultimately fractures, and is lost.
What are Different Types of Dental Fillings?
At Edge Dental, we use different types of fillings to restore your teeth back into optimal health:
We don’t recommend amalgam fillings, and we don’t use them anymore. A few decades back, these mercury silver base fillings were the only option to restore damaged teeth. However, in addition to being unaesthetic due to their metallic appearance, research has also shown that these materials are not safe for use in the oral cavity.
These are tooth colored fillings which comprise of glass powder which is mixed with a mild acid. These materials are commonly used restoring teeth cavities in children or for temporary restorations.
One of the unique features of glass ionomer fillings is that they release fluoride ions into the oral cavity, which are helpful in killing bacteria which cause cavities. They are also helpful in making teeth stronger and more resistant against development of cavities.
Despite their beneficial aspects, Glass Ionomer Fillings do not possess sufficient strength for use as permanent filling materials, or for restoration of back teeth.
At Edge Dental, we provide a metal-free and mercury-free alternative with composite fillings. These fillings use composite resin, which is made up of a mixture of fine glass, plastics, and other materials. While composite fillings do not have the same strength as amalgam, modern composite fillings are strong enough to be used for any type of restoration in the oral cavity.
Are Composite Fillings Right for Me?
The metal and mercury free ingredients make them a more suitable solution for many patients. Moreover, one the biggest draws of these fillings is that they are tooth-colored, so they provide a beautiful aesthetic solution for cavities, particularly for cavities that affect teeth in the front of your mouth.
How is a Composite Filling Placed?
The process for placing composite fillings is fairly straightforward. A composite filling requires only one visit and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Our dentist will begin the procedure by cleaning the tooth. The dentist then removes the decayed tooth structure thoroughly to prevent future chances of development of cavities.
After the tooth is cleaned, an acid etch is used to create a rough surface. This texture helps to enhance the bond between the composite resin and your tooth. After 30 seconds, the tooth is then washed and dried. We place the composite resin material in the cavity and harden it by using a special light. Finally, the material is polished smooth to blend in perfectly with the rest of your tooth.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings provide several benefits over amalgam and glass ionomer cements, including
• Esthetics – Matching the natural color of your tooth enamel. This allows the filling to blend in with the surrounding structure. They can even be used on the front teeth for correcting cosmetic dental problems, since they can exactly match the color of your natural teeth.
• Conservation – Because composite resin bonds with your tooth, less of the natural structure needs to be drilled away.
• Durability – While not as strong as amalgam, the composite resin can stand up to normal daily use.
• Safety – Composite resin does not contain any metals, nor does it have any mercury in it.
• Repairability – another advantage of composite fillings is that they can be repaired if they get fractured or chipped. If that happens, then no need to worry. Simply visit us and we will take care of the tooth.
With a composite filling, we cannot only restore your oral health but the appearance of the affected tooth and the quality of your smile. If you want to impress people with a charming and attractive smile, then you should consider getting your teeth restored with composite fillings, inlays or onlays. Call Edge Dental at (281) 940-6960 for more information and to schedule your appointment today.