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Dental Fillings

One of the most common dental procedures that nearly every patient gets in their life is to have cavities filled. When bacteria gather in the mouth, it can start causing decay in the enamel of the tooth. As small pockets of decay form, cavities can begin to cause more decay and can infect the soft center of a tooth if left unchecked.

Tooth fillings are the best method for stopping cavities in their tracks and preventing bacteria from spreading further. While metal alloy fillings were the easiest, cheapest and most often used material to fill cavities, advancements in the dental field now give us amazing tooth-colored composite fillings.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

  • Tooth-colored – When metal alloy is used to fill cavities, a person’s smile can often have bits of metal in it, but tooth-colored composites blend naturally with the rest of the tooth
  • Long-lasting – Metal alloy fillings would expand and conflict with hot or cold beverages, making them weaker and weaker. However, composite fillings do not change shape, so they are much longer lasting
  • Stronger – Unlike metal alloys, composite fillings mimic the strength of a natural tooth, meaning they can be used as normal for chewing and eating

Filling a cavity when it is still small can save you a lot of money, pain, and hassle later. If left untreated a cavity can worsen and cause you to need a root canal treatment or even lead to the need to extract the tooth later. A cavity is a sign that your tooth needs help, so be sure to get the help it needs!