Cavities are common, and if you’ve never had one, then there’s a good chance that you still might at some point in your life. Fortunately, cavities aren’t typically difficult to deal with, especially if they’re caught and treated early. In many cases, treating cavities is even easier with the help of tooth-colored fillings, which not only blend in with your tooth esthetically, but also reduce your risks of your cavity growing larger. If you have a cavity, then ask your dentist about tooth-colored fillings and how one might be your best option at saving your tooth.
What is a tooth-colored filling made of?
Tooth-colored fillings are made from biocompatible resin, which is comprised of finely ground particles of BPA-free acrylic and quartz. This is the same resin used for cosmetic tooth bonding, and gives your filling a highly lifelike appearance that makes it virtually undetectable.
How does the filling stop further decay?
In addition to filling your cavity to restore your tooth’s strength, a tooth-colored resin filling also helps protect the future health of the tooth by preventing oral bacteria from re-entering the cavity. Composite resin achieves this better than metal because it can be bonded more securely to your tooth’s structure.
What if my cavity is too large for a filling?
The longer you leave a cavity untreated, the larger it grows, which can make treating the cavity more complex. For instance, after treating an especially large cavity, your dentist might recommend placing a dental crown over the tooth in addition to a filling. If the tooth decay has reached the inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp, then you might require root canal therapy instead of a tooth filling.
Learn More About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings not only blend in with your tooth, but also treat cavities better by offering more reliable protection against oral bacteria. 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 Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.