If you are like most people, you will have at least one cavity in your life. At Tamworth Oral Health and Dental Care, we are committed to using the most advanced materials and technology to treat our patients, and that includes tooth-coloured composite material for fillings.
Tooth-coloured fillings not only look natural because they blend in with your tooth colour, but they are bonded directly to the tooth, for extra strength and durability.
The Cause of Cavities
Plaque is your teeth’s worst enemy, and it is this sticky substance that is at the crux of most dental decay. When you eat sugary and starchy foods, bacteria begin to produce acid in your mouth, which turns into plaque. Plaque that is not removed will begin to erode your tooth enamel, causing decay. As the cavity progresses, the damage to your tooth worsens.
How to Tell If You Have a Cavity
It’s nearly impossible to tell if you have a cavity when they are in their earliest stages. By the time you feel pain because of a cavity, it’s probably become a fairly large spot of decay that will need a dental filling.
The earlier you find out about a cavity, the better. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to visit your dentist twice a year for routine check-ups and cleans.
Benefits of Tooth-Coloured Composite Fillings
The main advantage of tooth-coloured composite fillings, of course, is their aesthetics. Because the filling is made to match the colour of your tooth, no one will even know it is there. But that is just one reason tooth-coloured fillings are so valuable:
- The composite material used for these fillings bonds directly to the surface of the tooth, helping to strengthen the tooth.
- Less of the tooth structure needs to be removed for composite, tooth-coloured fillings.
- Unlike silver amalgam fillings, the composite resin material expands and contracts at the same rate as the tooth it fills, reducing the risk of fracture in the tooth.
What to Expect With Tooth-Coloured Fillings
If you have ever had a cavity and had a metal amalgam filling, there is not much difference in the procedure for getting a tooth-coloured filling. The procedure might be a bit quicker since less of the tooth structure will need to be drilled for a tooth-coloured filling.
Tooth-coloured composite fillings are applied to the teeth in layers, with your dentist drying each layer before placing another one. After the cavity is filled, your dentist will ask you to bite down to ensure you can do so comfortably, making adjustments as needed.
Taking Care of Tooth-Coloured Fillings
You don’t have to do anything special to take care of tooth-coloured fillings. Simply brush twice a day and floss at least once a day as usual. Because composite fillings can stain, be sure to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after consuming foods or drinks that contain staining substances.
It’s also crucial that you stay current with dental clinic visits every six months for examinations and cleanings. If you think you might have a cavity, or if you are overdue for a check-up, we welcome your call to our Tamworth, NSW dental surgery.