It is common to experience tooth damage and decay, especially if you do not take proper care of your teeth like brushing and flossing twice a day. Even if you are careful, though, damage can still happen and necessitate the insertion of a filling.
A filling is a material that is inserted into a tooth to fill space left by damage and decay. The material is inserted as a liquid, which can then flow to fill holes and gaps that affect the overall structure and stability of the tooth. Old amalgam fillings were available in a variety of colors like silver and gold, but they would leave the tooth open to future damage and infection.
Contemporary tooth-colored fillings are made of non-reactive synthetic composite materials that create a firm bond to the surface and interior of a tooth without the unwanted gaps that remained with old amalgam variants. Tooth-colored fillings last longer, fit better, and look better than traditional fillings while also preventing future damage.
A tooth-colored filling is used to repair the decay from a cavity. The dentist first performs a physical exam and then takes an x-ray of the area to locate the decay. The dentist will then completely numb the tooth and use a drill to remove the decayed structure so the filling can be applied.
After removing the decay, the dentist will apply the filling in layers to thoroughly fill the internal structure of the tooth. These layers are cured to create a secure bond and prevent any loose material. At the end, the dentist will cut and shape the upper portion of the filling, so it matches the rest of the tooth. After the procedure, you will be unable to tell where the filling was placed since it will be comfortable and the color will match the rest of your teeth.
Here at All About Family Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored fillings for patients of all ages who have permanent teeth. Make an appointment to come see us in person at 12186 HWY 92 Suite# 109 in Woodstock, Georgia.