Cavities are one of the most common oral health problems among Americans. They can wreak havoc on your teeth and when they’re left untreated, can cause big problems for your mouth down the road. At Kirlough Family Dentistry, we focus on providing our patients with preventive care to help avoid issues later on, which is why we treat cavities with tooth-colored fillings. We don’t want you to have to sacrifice the pleasing look of your grin for the health of it—that’s why we don’t make you!
Tooth-colored fillings utilize a composite resin made from fine particles of glass and acrylic to help restore your tooth’s function and shape after it has been impacted by decay. It helps protect you from further damage by guarding your damaged tooth against harmful oral bacteria. There are also other types of fillings that are made from materials such as amalgam (silver, mercury, copper, and tin), gold, and porcelain as well. At Kirlough Family Dentistry, we highly recommend tooth-colored ones because they offer a variety of benefits and are one of the safest options for our patients.
Nowadays, most dentists that keep up with the latest technology and techniques in their field offer and highly recommend tooth-colored fillings. In the past, patients often got ones made from amalgam, or silver, which left a noticeable impact on their smile. Composite resin is able to offer a variety of benefits that metal fillings can’t, including:
If you’re getting a tooth-colored filling, there’s no need to worry. This process is fast, easy, and can protect your damaged tooth for years to come with the proper care. First, Dr. Kirlough will identify whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. He’ll then remove any tooth decay and clean the damaged tooth of any bacteria and debris. After that, he’ll fill the tooth with the composite resin and cure the substance with a special light before checking your bite to make sure it’s even.
If you have teeth that have fillings, there’s typically no extra care involved. Be sure to keep up with your oral hygiene routine by brushing twice each day and flossing at least once a day. Visit your dentist, Dr. Kirlough, every six months for your routine checkups and cleanings. This will allow him to check on the condition of your restoration and make sure it’s still doing its job of protecting your tooth. If you notice that your filling has fallen out or becomes damaged, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. With our convenient and extended office hours, we’ll be able to fit you in at a time that’s best for you.