Do you have a cavity, but wish you had an alternative to conspicuous metal fillings? Do you already have a metal filling, and are concerned about its effect on your smile’s appearance? When a cavity (hole in your tooth) strikes, the resulting pain is due to the decay destroying your tooth structure. A filling not only relieves your toothache; it restores your tooth to health. In our dedication to offering high-quality, biocompatible treatment, we use tooth-colored fillings that blend with your smile, and in many cases, perform better than metal amalgam fillings.
WHAT CAUSES A CAVITY TO FORM?
Cavities are common, and over 90 percent of adults have experienced at least one of them in one or more permanent teeth. Although cavities can be prevented, they can also form from unavoidable influences such as harmful oral bacteria that feed on leftover debris from food and beverages. Certain bacteria convert nutrients into acids that weaken tooth enamel until a hole develops in the outer tooth layer (the enamel), and it doesn’t stop there. The bacteria continue to travel through the main tooth structure, called dentin, increasing the size of the cavity and infecting more and more of your tooth.
WHAT ARE TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS MADE OF?
A tooth filling is designed to replace the enamel and dentin that your tooth loss to tooth decay. Tooth-colored fillings can be made from dental ceramic or tooth-colored composite resin – both of which closely resemble your tooth’s natural structure. Dental ceramic is the same material used for porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and other realistic restorations, and a composite resin is also used for cosmetic tooth bonding.
ARE THERE OTHER BENEFITS TO TOOTH-COLORED FILLINGS?
Appearance matters when it comes to your smile, and the esthetics of tooth-colored fillings is one of the main benefits over their metal counterparts. Other benefits include:
- Improved performance: Tooth-colored fillings can bond more securely to your tooth’s structure, strengthening the tooth.
- Reduced risk of wear/damage to other teeth: Resin and ceramic produce less friction against opposing tooth surfaces.
- Reduced risk of damage to the treated tooth: Unlike metal, ceramic and resin retain their shapes once placed; metal can expand and contract, putting the tooth at risk of damage or re-infection.
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE A METAL FILLING?
If you already have a metal filling, then Dr. Gorman or Dr. Yassa will thoroughly examine the tooth and the restoration to ensure that it has not failed. If the tooth is still healthy and not infected with decay, then we can replace the metal restoration with a tooth-colored upgrade.
If your metal filling has failed and the tooth is damaged or internally infected, you may require root canal therapy and a dental crown to preserve the healthy tooth structure that remains.
Contact Our Santa Clarita/Valencia, CA Office Today!
At Gorman Dental Care in Santa Clarita/Valencia, CA, Dr. Gorman and his talented, dedicated staff are proud to provide a full range of family and cosmetic dental services, as well as advanced dental implant placement and restorations. Whatever your dental needs, we have the experience and technology to help you enjoy a bright, beautiful, healthy smile once again! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gorman, or for answers to questions about our practice, please call our dental office in Santa Clarita, CA today at (661) 232-9692.