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We all want a beautiful smile with healthy teeth. Unfortunately, tartar and plaque can build up leading to decay and damage to the tooth. When this occurs, dental fillings are needed to restore the teeth to their proper form and function. For patients in the greater Philadelphia, PA area, Dr. A offer composite tooth fillings to restore teeth in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.
As newborns, we are not born with bacteria in our mouths. Bacteria enters and accumulates over time. Once the bacteria enters the mouth, they feed off the food particles that remains on our teeth. It is up to us to control the bacteria and plaque by brushing and flossing before the bacteria eat away at the teeth and cause decay.
Our bodies have amazing abilities to heal themselves, but the same does not hold true for teeth. When decay occurs and a hole is present, the tooth cannot heal itself. The problem must be diagnosed and treated before it spreads into a more severe issue such as tooth pain, infection, or tooth loss. When addressed early, decay or cavities are easily treated. Dental fillings restore teeth with cavities. Once placed, the tooth regains its natural function.
When a cavity is detected, the dentist removes the damaged section of the tooth. The area is cleansed and then filled with the chosen material. This closes off the hole and prevents bacteria from causing more damage. Filling materials include gold, porcelain, amalgam, and a composite resin. Amalgam and composite resin are the two most commonly used fillings.
Also known as silver or mercury fillings, dental amalgam fillings contain a combination of metals, generally mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Mercury is the binding agent that forms the mixture into a durable material. Amalgam fillings have been used for over 150 years. Although they are sometimes considered less expensive, easy to insert, and durable, they do contain mercury and cause a gray discoloration in the teeth.
Composite tooth fillings are metal-free options to restore decayed teeth. Sometimes called tooth colored fillings, composite fillings are a mix of glass and plastic. They are white in color and closely match the natural teeth making these fillings a cosmetically pleasing option.
Composite resin fillings are used to restore decayed teeth. The material has a modeling clay consistency which is then hardened using a bright blue light. The dentist positions the light over the tooth and the filling is cured and hardened in about one minute. The material provides a durable, long-lasting solution for treating cavities. Composite fillings have gained popularity because they maintain the natural appearance and are safe to use.
Composite fillings have a number of benefits including the following:
Dr. A offers comprehensive dental care for the whole family. Contact the team at Innovative Dental By Dr. A in Philadelphia, PA for an appointment. Call (267) 463-2777.
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