Over the course of your life, it is normal for your dentist to fill some cavities. In fact, 92% of people between 20 and 64 have had a cavity. Fortunately, the treatment, a dental filling, is a simple procedure.
While there are several options for dental filling material, there are three main benefits of tooth-colored fillings. The material used, composite resin is extremely effective, the procedure is quick, and it is aesthetically pleasing. If you need to get a cavity filled, visit a dentist and ask for a tooth-colored filling.
1. The Material is Highly Effective
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin. Composite resin is an excellent dental filling material because it is insoluble, which means it does not dissolve. It also does not dehydrate, is inexpensive, and is easy to manipulate into cavities. The results of composite resin’s characteristics are long-lasting fillings and healthy tooth structures.
Composite resin lasts more than a decade without secondary cavities over 60% of the time. This is very similar to the results found for amalgam, the metal alloy alternative to tooth-colored fillings. Amalgam fillings last past 11.5 years about 50% of the time.
Tooth-colored fillings naturally bond to the existing tooth. This means your dentist removes less of the natural tooth for a tooth-colored filling which maintains the natural tooth’s strong structure.
2. Tooth-Colored Filling Procedures are Quick
Getting a tooth-colored filling is a quick procedure. Your dentist applies a local anesthetic before excavating the decayed cavity portion of your tooth. Then they fill the cavity with the composite resin in layers that bonds to your tooth.
Your dentist uses a special light to harden each layer of the filling before adding another layer, restoring the strength of your damaged tooth. Once the filling is hard, they check your bite, and the procedure is over.
The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete. The numbness lasts a couple of hours after the procedure is over, and you are free to eat anything once the numbness subsides.
3. Maintain Your Natural Smile
The primary reason composite resin fillings are so popular is that they match your natural tooth color. Amalgam fillings are made of metal alloys and are usually silver. These fillings can disrupt the flow of your smile. Tooth-colored fillings blend into the rest of your teeth so you can talk, yawn, and laugh without others seeing your fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings can stain just like the rest of your teeth, so it is essential to brush and floss them consistently. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to remove superficial stains and visit your dentist for professional hygiene cleanings twice a year.
Don’t Wait to Fill Your Cavities
When caught early, cavities are easy to fill, and with tooth-colored fillings, no one will ever know you had a cavity filled. If you wait too long to get a cavity filled, it can develop into a root canal or even result in a lost tooth.
At Blue Island Smiles, we provide friendly and comfortable care in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative procedures. Contact us today to learn more about our services and set up an appointment.