Tooth Colored Fillings in Salinas
A filling is necessary for restoring a tooth from mild to moderate decay, or a cavity. Fillings can be made of a variety of materials, the most popular of which are silver, or amalgam, and a tooth-colored composite resin. At Blanco Circle Dental Care, we prefer these white fillings because they are an effective method for restoring teeth affected by decay, without marring your beautiful smile in the process. Dr. Klugman offers tooth colored fillings in Salinas!
Why Cavities Form
A cavity is a small hole that weakens your tooth and changes its shape. When food particles are left behind in your mouth, they combine with the bacteria that’s already present in the saliva. Acids that weaken the tooth enamel are released, and decay and cavities form as a result. When your dentist spots a cavity, a filling is usually the recommended treatment.
How Fillings Work
To treat your cavity with a filling, your dentist removes all decay from the tooth, cleans out the hole (the cavity), and refills it with the tooth-colored composite resin. This material is made of a mixture of smooth glass and plastic particles, and is customizable to match the shade of the surrounding tooth enamel. Aside from cleaning out all existing decay, a filling is important for sealing the area to prevent the cavity from getting any bigger.
While a filling can be performed using several types of materials, we prefer tooth-colored fillings. The benefits of this method are significant, and include…
- Less removal of the tooth structure is necessary, for more conservative treatment.
- White fillings blend with the rest of the smile.
- Composite resin is less sensitive to hot and cold sensations.
- Tooth-colored fillings dry within minutes after their application.
For significant amounts of decay, a filling may not be enough. A crown provides strength for a severely decayed tooth. When the tooth’s root has been affected, a root canal may be recommended. Seek treatment for tooth decay as soon as possible to prevent the need for eventual extraction.
Do you already have one or more silver fillings? Some patients choose to have their existing silver fillings replaced with the tooth-colored alternative. They consider the fact that future problems may be more difficult to detect as a result of the dark amalgam, which can hide breakage and leaks, even on x-rays. Some people are also concerned with the potential risk for mercury exposure. Others simply prefer to eliminate the dark spots on their teeth with the tooth-colored alternative. So, should you have your fillings replaced? The decision is totally up to you, but you should know that it is a simple procedure that could possibly save you a significant amount of time and stress in the long run.
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Are you in need of a new filling, or are you interested in replacing those silver spots with white fillings? If so, please don’t wait to get in touch with your cosmetic dentist in Salinas. You can make an appointment online today!