Are you concerned about restoring a cavity? Dentistry has advanced beyond metal fillings toward stronger and more natural-looking composite fillings. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist explores what composite fillings are, discusses their benefits over traditional metal fillings, and provides tips on preventing future decay.
What are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are a modern dental solution used to restore teeth affected by decay. These fillings are made from a mixture of various resins and fine particles, which are carefully matched to the color of your natural teeth. This creates a seamless and natural-looking restoration.
Benefits Over Metal Fillings
The old metal fillings are more likely to break down and cause recurrent decay. One of the primary advantages of composite fillings is their ability to match the natural color of your teeth. They also produce a strong bond directly with the tooth structure, making them less likely to leak like traditional amalgam fillings. This bonding strength helps to reinforce the tooth’s structure and reduce the risk of future decay or fracture.
Preventing Future Decay
Cavity-causing bacteria feed on sugars but do you know that issues like acid reflux can also weaken your tooth structures? So, limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, but also do your best to prevent or treat issues like heartburn. At your six-month check-ups, our dental team will provide excellent recommendations on products and techniques based on your specific needs. We examine your oral environment closing for subtle signs of decay that would benefit from early interventions.
Sealants and Fluoride
We have two effective ways to prevent decay. Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars. They do not require any drilling and simply act as a barrier, preventing bacteria from settling in the pits and fissures of the teeth. We also recommend fluoride treatments to strengthen tooth enamel which can be applied to your teeth during dental visits.
Schedule Your Next Dental Visit
Composite fillings are an excellent choice for restoring decayed teeth while maintaining a natural appearance. Their aesthetic benefits, preservation of natural tooth structure, and bonding strength set them apart from traditional metal fillings. Call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552 and see if composite fillings can improve your oral health.