May 4, 2016
Dental fillings are the most common dental restoration. For decades, amalgam, or metal fillings, were the standard of dental practices across the country. More recently, Wilton dentists and others opt for tooth-colored fillings made from a composite material. Preferred for their aesthetic advantages, composite fillings have other distinct benefits, too.
The amalgam filling
Amalgam fillings, particularly when placed on teeth in the smile zone at the front of the mouth, are unsightly and embarrassing. For years, however, they were the only options dentists had for repairing small, medium and large cavities. Composed of tin, zinc, mercury and other metals, amalgam starts out looking bright, shiny and silvery, but gradually, it darkens.
Additionally, dentists must remove substantial amounts of tooth enamel in order to place metal fillings. Over time, decay often develops around the margins of a filling which sometimes chips or cracks because of the simple wear and tear of daily biting and chewing. Tooth sensitivity is common with metal fillings, too.
The composite resin filling
Dentists such as Tom Pastor DDS at Tyngtown Dental have used composite resin for years to repair small chips, cracks and odd gaps and to fill small cavities on front teeth. Its strength and beauty make the material one of the quickest and most affordable cosmetic dental treatments around.
More and more, Wilton dentists have begun using tooth-colored fillings on back teeth as well where the crushing forces of the jaw are greatest. This unique blend of acrylic and glass proves very durable and can be made to match any tooth color. The result is a filling that is virtually unnoticeable to anyone but the dentist.
Also, composite resin fillings bond right to existing tooth structure. That means less enamel preparation and more natural tooth structure. With good at-home hygiene and in-office cleanings and exams at Tyng Town Dental, the patient should retain his tooth-colored filling for many years.
Placing a tooth-colored filling
The Wilton dentist carefully removes the decayed portion of the tooth. Sometimes, patients needs local anesthesia for this part of the restorative treatment.
When the site is ready, he uses a primer liquid to etch the enamel. This etching allows the composite resin to adhere well to the mineral matrix of the enamel. The dentist builds-up layers of resin, bonding each with a special curing light. Upon completion, Dr. Pastor sculpts the tooth so it bites well with teeth on the opposing arch.
Wondering how to treat your cavities?
First of all, don’t delay. Restoring decayed teeth is as simple as contacting Tyngtown Dental for a convenient appointment time. Dr. Pastor will carefully evaluate your oral health and recommend a treatment plan that charts out great preventive and restorative care. If you have cosmetic goals in mind, Dr. Pastor addresses those, too. Contact Tyngtown Dental today
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