Finding out you have a dental cavity that needs to be treated immediately isn’t the greatest news to receive but it really doesn’t have to be the worst either. Thanks to tooth-colored restorations, the treatment can be quick, efficient, and long-lasting. Where once cavities were only treated with silver fillings, modern technology has now made way for a much better process that can repair and restore the damage to your tooth in a more natural-looking way.
Here are the top 4 benefits of tooth-colored restorations from your Daytona Beach dentists:
Let’s face it – nobody wants shiny silver fillings in their mouth to show every time they smile and speak. A tooth-colored filling made from composite resin is a much better solution to filling a cavity. These fillings are customizable and can be chosen in a color and shade that is closest to your natural teeth, so that it can blend in without being too noticeable. This way whenever you laugh, yawn, or eat, your filling will remain undetectable and will not stand out at all.
Long Lasting Results
Tooth colored restorations are very durable and long lasting. If you are regular and efficient about maintaining your oral hygiene, these fillings can go up to 10 years without needing any dental attention. All you need to do is make sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and visit your dentist for your routine dental checkup and cleaning sessions.
Silver amalgam fillings contain a low level of mercury, which is not good for health. Although the amount of mercury is not enough to become dangerous, it still causes some patients to worry about ingesting trace metals over time. Another disadvantage of the metal fillings is that they tend to expand and contract according to temperature changes. This makes them prone to weakening over time and not remaining as effective or secure in their position. Tooth colored restoration has thus become a healthier and safer alternative to cavity filling procedures.
A professional dentist can usually complete this procedure in less than hour, in a very painless way for their patient. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the gums and teeth in the specific treatment area and as soon as the numbing effect sets in, the dentist begins the treatment. They remove the decay from inside your tooth, place the composite resin, and harden the filling. They then adjust the shape of the filling and polish it. Just like that, you are ready to go on with your day immediately after.
Natural Tooth Structure Preservation
Traditional silver fillings must sit inside a cavity, and for that to take place, dentists sometimes have to remove some healthy tooth structure to make space to secure the filling. The composite resin on the other hand, bonds to the teeth. This means, most of your natural tooth structure can remain intact during the treatment process.
At The Pampered Tooth, our team of expert Daytona Beach dentists can help you learn more about this process and explain its benefits in detail. Call us now to schedule your appointment!