Are you afraid you will be diagnosed with a dental cavity at your next checkup and cleaning? There are a number of warning signs that can tip people off to potential cavities, such as changes in the color of the teeth or heightened sensitivity or discomfort while eating and drinking. While the initial reaction to learning that you have a cavity may be embarrassment or frustration, there is no reason to dwell in these negative emotions when restorative dentistry makes it possible to rebound from a cavity both beautifully and comfortably.
What Does a Filling Do?
Cavities occur when acidic erosion wears away the enamel of the teeth, exposing the layer beneath it, the dentin. The dentin is more sensitive than the teeth’s enamel, which is why many people experience discomfort when they’re struggling with cavities.
Fortunately modern restorative dentistry makes it possible to eliminate this heightened sensitivity, improve the overall oral health and comfort, and it can do so beautifully.
Dental fillings, made of either metal or a composite resin material, help to provide protection for fragile teeth against further decay and even the possibility of infection. They work by sealing the interior portions of the tooth, eliminating the possibility of food particles or bacteria entering into the tooth.
While metal amalgam fillings were once most common, now many dentists and patients prefer the benefits of composite resin fillings. These are sometimes called tooth-colored fillings, because of how closely they can be made to match a patient’s natural smile.
Plus, this material bonds well with teeth, creating a tight seal, and produces less conductivity than metal, making it more comfortable for many patients.
If you are diagnosed with a dental cavity, talk to your dentist about the benefits of choosing a tooth-colored filling!