This post from the dentist at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL is about filling cavities with a material that matches the color of your teeth.
We like to see you for a dental checkup every six months. That way, we catch any new cavities that may be developing in your teeth, and fill them.
When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way to restore it to its previous condition. Most of us have a few fillings in their mouth.
Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silver amalgam fillings many of us remember.
Dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their patients.
Today, the filling material of choice in Decatur and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.
Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.