Did you know that ancient man had healthier teeth than we do today? It’s true. Over 90 percent of the American population is affected by cavities and it is highly due to the modern diet. People who drink at least three sodas a day have over 60 percent more tooth decay. Our diets are rife with sugars and starches that attract pathogenic oral bacteria and break down our tooth enamel. Over three-quarters of Americans have their first cavity–and in some cases several more–before they turn seventeen. Before you get a tooth filled, do you consider which filling is right for you?
Types of Dental Fillings
There are several different types of dental fillings available today. What filling your dentist chooses often depends upon the size and location of the cavity. There was a time when only metal-type fillings were used. Metal fillings are still a good treatment choice for back teeth, especially for people with the chronic habit of clenching and grinding. Gold is the strongest, most long lasting, and durable of the metal fillings. The most popular metal filling, however, has become the silver amalgam filling. This is because it is more affordable, and is also strong, durable, and long lasting.
Composite fillings have recently become the most commonly placed dental filling. Composite fillings are a plastic resin material and are naturally white in color so they blend with your teeth. Many dentists prefer composite because the composite material is:
- Malleable and easy to shape
- Also used for cosmetic treatments
Other Types of Fillings
There are other types of fillings, as well, including:
Porcelain Ceramic: Porcelain fillings are often used for inlays and onlays when a regular filling is not sufficient for the size of the cavity. Porcelain inlays and onlays can help strengthen the tooth.
Glass Ionomer Fillings: Glass ionomer fillings are often the treatment of choice for children who have cavities in their primary (baby) teeth. They are a mixture of acrylic and glass that often lasts less than five years. However, glass ionomers release fluoride which can help prevent further tooth decay.
ABOUT YOUR GARLAND, TX DENTIST:
Dr. Vi Mai-Truong and the caring staff at Mai Dentistry are dedicated to ensuring that our patients are proud of their beautiful, healthy smiles. With years of experience in general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, we can expertly diagnose and treat early dental trouble to preserve your natural tooth structure. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552.