Cavities are caused due to the accumulated plaque and tartar, which are composed of thousands of harmful bacteria. These microbes release acidic substances while feeding on the food particles in the mouth, which erode the enamel and infect the gum tissues. The best and most prominent way to restore cavity-infected teeth is by using dental fillings.
What are the dental fillings made from?
Earlier, dental fillings were made from various metals, such as gold, silver, and amalgam. However, these materials would leave a rather metallic appearance on the teeth, which would ruin the beauty of your smile. They could also cause toxic reactions with the natural tissues of the teeth and damage them due to their abnormal expansion and contraction properties. Due to these drawbacks, metal fillings have been limited, and tooth-colored composite fillings are widely preferred.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
- Composite fillings are made from dental-grade composite resin. It is biocompatible and does not cause any toxic reactions to the natural tissues of the teeth.
- Placing the filling is quite a simple and easy process. It doesn’t take a lot of time to set the filling, and once done, it lasts for several years together without any hassle.
- Composite fillings are highly durable. Their rate of wear is similar to that of the enamel, which is negligible.
- Fillings offer excellent sealing properties. This prevents the microbes from entering the cavity and causing reinfection.
- The best feature of composite fillings is that they can be customized to match the exact appearance of the natural teeth. This keeps them under disguise and prevents anyone from easily noticing them when you smile, talk, or laugh.
How are fillings placed?
The procedure for placing a composite filling is fairly simple. During the initial consultation, the dentist will thoroughly diagnose your teeth and determine whether or not the filling is necessary. If the cavity is relatively small, the decay will be removed, and the cavity will be disinfected. A filling may not be required in such instances. But, if the cavity is wide and deep, it is best to get it treated using a filling to restore its strength and structural integrity.
We use an ultrasonic scaling device to remove the decay and scrub the walls of the cavity. A jet of water will be used to wash away the removed decay. Next, the dentist will match the filling with the color of the enamel and prepare enough material to fill the cavity. Before placing the filling, the cavity will be roughened using an etching liquid so that the filling can adhere well to the tooth. The filling will be applied to the cavity, shaped according to the contour of the tooth, and hardened using a curing light. It may be trimmed and polished to enhance the bite and aesthetics.
Ellis dentistry Co. provides the best composite fillings in the area. Are you thinking of getting your tooth cavity filled? You are at the right place. In order to schedule an appointment with our top dentist in the town, please call us at (435) 628-6222, and visit our office at St. George, Utah. We will assist you further. We also serve areas of Middleton, Bloomington, Washington, and Santa Clara.