Fillings are the most widely sought-after solution to restore teeth infected by cavities. Cavities are caused by the erosive action of the toxins released by oral bacteria. If cavities are left untreated for a long time, they can grow wider and deeper, eventually reaching the root canal cavity and causing an infection of the dental pulp.
Why Should You Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Earlier, teeth with cavities were being restored using metal fillings. Some of the popular options were gold, silver, amalgam, etc. Although these fillings offer excellent strength and durability, they pose many drawbacks, such as displeasing appearance, risk of toxic reactions with the teeth’s tissues, and unequal expansion/contraction when you consume hot or cold foods.
Hence, we have adhered to tooth-colored composite or ceramic filling owing to the following benefits they offer:
- Tooth-colored fillings are biocompatible. They do not cause any toxic reactions with the tissues of the teeth or the surrounding gums.
- They exhibit excellent durability and strength.
- They can be custom-fabricated to mimic the appearance of the enamel in terms of color, texture, and translucency.
- They seal off the cavity perfectly, thereby keeping microbes and food residues from accumulating and causing reinfection.
- The procedure involved in placing fillings is quite simple and can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office.
- Their rate of expansion or contraction is negligible, keeping them from causing damage to the teeth.
How are Fillings Placed?
The dentist will screen the teeth to spot the cavities. We at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry may use an intraoral camera for this purpose, which helps us get a better view of the teeth. The tartar deposits on the teeth and the decay in the cavity will be removed using an ultrasonic scaling appliance. It would be combined with a jet of water, which washes off the removed microbial residues thoroughly. The dentist will match the color of the filling material with the teeth and keep it aside.
The surface of the cavity will be etched using a suitable etching liquid. This helps to roughen its surface, which allows the filling to adhere to it firmly. The dentist will apply the filling to the cavity and shape it according to the contour of the tooth. It will then be hardened using a curing light and trimmed if required to mend its shape. After a bite test, we will polish the filling to make sure it is indistinguishable from the underlying tooth.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry at Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.