A Few Things to Know About Tooth Fillings

The principles behind many of today’s most advanced dental treatments haven’t changed much over the years. The materials, technology, and techniques have just become significantly more advanced. For instance, when it comes to treating cavities (or holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay), fillings have long been the best way to save teeth. Today, however, the materials used to fill cavities and the technology employed to plan your treatment allow for a more lifelike, precise, and long-lasting restoration to help save teeth in the long run.

Modern Dental Fillings

  • A tooth filling is called such because it literally fills a cavity in your tooth. First, your dentist cleans away the oral bacteria that is infecting the tooth, along with any tooth structure that’s been compromised by it. Then, a biocompatible material is placed in the cavity to seal, fortify, and protect the tooth.
  • Teeth’s main purpose is to bite and chew your food, which involves high levels of bite pressure. For this reason, metal fillings were popular choices for over a hundred years due to its high durability. In the last several decades, however, tooth-colored composite resin has become the preferable choice. The resin is durable enough to withstand bite pressure and can also be tinted to blend in with healthy, natural tooth structure.
  • One of the problems that past fillings often faced was the failure of the restoration and the reinfection of the tooth structure. A failed filling can often lead to the need for root canal treatment to remove more extensive tooth decay. Yet, tooth-colored composite resin creates a tighter seal than ever against oral bacteria, reducing the risks of needing more involved restorative treatment later.

Learn About the Value of Modern Tooth Fillings

Modern tooth fillings have come a long way, and today, they offer a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative benefits for teeth that suffer from cavities. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.

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