As the enamel of a tooth is being attacked by bacteria, plague, and tartar, small holes can form. Through these tiny pockets of decay, larger cavities can begin to form. Failure to treat cavities can lead to much larger issues in the tooth. You may require a root canal to clean out the infected pulp or even extraction of the tooth.
While silver metal alloys were the most popular type of filling used for many years, advancements in the dental field have brought us amazing tooth-colored composites that help restore a tooth and look natural. While metal alloys would constrict and expand with hot and cold beverages and cause them to break quicker, tooth-colored composites bond with the tooth better and last longer. Metal alloys also contained small amounts of mercury, which could break off and be digested by the body, while tooth-colored composites actually contain fluoride, which can help the tooth fight future decay.
Tooth-colored composites are an effective way to have a cavity filled without it being noticeable. The material used for the fillings can be made to match any shade of tooth color to help them blend in seamlessly with the rest of the tooth. The strong material is also helpful to strengthen a tooth that has lost its structure.
If you currently have metal fillings, many can be successfully changed out for tooth-colored fillings to restore the look of the tooth. Let your dentist know if you are considering changing your old fillings out and they can assess the tooth to see if this would be possible.
Dr. Keith Shankle, DDS of Dental Care of Muskogee is dedicated to providing complete dental care to his patients whether it's a routine...