Tooth decay is the process in which bacteria damage the tooth enamel. When plaque and tartar are not removed, they can cause tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain, a cavity, or more serious dental issues. Prevention is the best medicine, so brushing, flossing, and regular checkups are the best ways to fight tooth decay. However, if cavities do form, dental fillings are the most effective means to treat them.
What Is a Dental Filling?
Dental fillings are commonly used in dentistry to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and then the tooth is filled and sealed. Dental fillings are also used to repair broken teeth or teeth that have been worn down from grinding. The filling material is applied and shaped to the tooth and then hardened with a curing light.
- Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings contain mercury, which is considered potentially harmful to your health. However, the amount of mercury released is small enough that it would not be a risk to your health. Amalgam fillings are strong and durable and can last many years without any complications. However, you may eventually need to have them replaced.
- Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin is a tooth-colored, putty-like material. Composite fillings are typically used to fill in small gaps or to restore teeth. They can also be used to fill in cavities and reshape teeth. Composite fillings do not contain any mercury and are considered biocompatible dental fillings.
This material is tinted to match the natural shade of a patient’s teeth. The tooth-colored filling is then cured or hardened using a special light. Once cured, the tooth-colored filling is then polished to give it a smooth finish. The dental filling is then ready to function like a regular filling, repairing the damaged tooth and preventing further decay.
Advantages of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are frequently used to repair cavities. A cavity is a hole in your tooth’s structure that is caused by tooth decay. Once the decay affects the tooth’s structure, it will need to be treated with a dental filling. Dental fillings can also be used for cosmetic purposes or to repair cracked or broken teeth.
Here are some of the main benefits of dental fillings:
- Dental fillings help prevent further decay.
- Dental fillings help restore the function of your teeth.
- Dental fillings offer an aesthetic improvement.
- Dental fillings can prevent serious infections.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Paramount Dental Care, call (561) 844-7735 or schedule your consultation online. You can also visit us at 400 Executive Center Drive #103, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.