Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings
Cavities – holes in the tooth enamel – affect people of every age in this country. While tooth decay is a leading cause of cavities, you may find that you want to enhance your smile by repairing cracked or broken teeth or by renewing the appearance of teeth that are chipped, irregular, or have gaps. Our office offers composite “tooth-colored” fillings to fix cavities and improve your self-image.
While Dr. Josie Dovidio can help you decide if traditional amalgam or composite fillings are right for your situation, composite fillings have gained in popularity due to the fact that they are made from a resin that closely resembles the natural tooth color and can be designed to look like, and colored to match the exact shade of, your own teeth.
If you visit our office regularly for check-ups and cleanings, you will have digital x-rays taken of your mouth by Dr. Dovidio. The digital camera takes sharp, clear images that Dr. Dovidio can upload to a computer monitor in the office in minutes to show you areas in your mouth that have been impacted by tooth decay. A proper course of treatment will be prescribed, and if there is a cavity, Dr. Dovidio will recommend a filling. The area around your affected tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic, and the decayed part will be removed. Dr. Dovidio will place the filling material into the cavity in layers, curing each one with a special light to harden it, and then smooth the filling to fit the shape of your tooth.
Prevention is the best way to stave off tooth decay. Brushing and flossing, following a diet low in sugar, and visiting Dr. Dovidio for regular cleanings can help to sustain your oral health. If you would like to discuss improving your dental care, contact our office and we will help you to plan an effective oral hygiene routine.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Amalgam fillings have been the traditional choice to repair cavities for over 100 years. They are long-lasting and hold out under chewing and clenching forces. Despite this, you may prefer composite fillings to amalgam for esthetic reasons. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite tooth-colored fillings are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and will not discolor the surrounding tooth structure.
Another benefit of composite fillings is that the resin bonds to the inside of the tooth, providing additional strength and support. Less tooth structure needs to be removed, which also helps to protect the tooth. Amalgam fillings require more tooth structure to be excavated, and they contract and expand with extreme changes in temperature. The contractions and expansions can cause your tooth to crack and fracture, which can make it more susceptible to decay.
While amalgam fillings are an effective treatment for cavities, composite tooth-colored fillings may better suit your dental needs. Talk to Dr. Dovidio if you need to have a tooth repaired or restored. She will give your situation careful consideration before recommending the best option available.