Why You Should Consider Tooth-Colored Fillings
posted: Sep. 27, 2017.
Are you tired of metal fillings that look less than attractive? Yes, amalgam was the restorative material of choice for decades, and it's still appropriate for some dental repairs. However, many areas of decay may fixed today with composite resin, an amazing mixture of plastic and glass particles. Beautifully life-like and seamless, tooth-colored fillings do the job discreetly. If you have a cavity, Dr. Nainesh Desai, your dentist at Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, NJ, likely will use composite resin to repair your tooth. Learn the details on the process here.
Just what is a cavity?
Frankly, a cavity is a problem that worsens if you don't treat it. Cavities, or tooth decay, are caused by oral bacteria which secrete corrosive acids on tooth enamel. Thriving in plaque and tartar on and between teeth, these microbes keep eating away at tooth enamel, dentin and even interior pulp so that root canal therapy, a dental crown or even extraction become necessary.
Dr. Desai dedicates a large portion of his practice to preventive dentistry--halting dental decay and gum disease in their tracks with services such as cleanings, X-rays, exams and more. However, when he detects tooth decay, he recommends immediate restoration, and composite resin definitely is today's best material. The American Dental Association says this synthetic material resists cracking exceptionally well.
To place a tooth-colored filling, your Piscataway dentist first numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. When you are completely comfortable, he removes the decayed areas of your tooth.
Fortunately, because he is using composite resin, he removes far less healthy enamel than if he were placing an amalgam filling. Then, he put the resin in the prepared site, alternately layering the material and hardening it with a curing light. When the filling is complete, he does a final shaping, polishing and bite check.
The many benefits
Your tooth-colored filling will last for many years when you brush and floss daily and get your semi-annual cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Desai. Besides offering longevity, composite resin closely resembles natural tooth enamel, and it's not just about the color and sheen. Amazingly, composite resin actually flexes with the pressures chewing and biting place on your tooth. So your restored tooth is far less likely to fracture the way it could with amalgam as its filling material.
If you think you have a cavity, or if you have ugly dark fillings you wish to replace, contact Central Jersey Dental Arts in Piscataway, NJ, for an appointment. Dr. Desai will explain the filling process fully and help you decide on a treatment plan perfect for your smile. Call today: (732) 981-1040.