When You Treat a Cavity with a Tooth-Colored Filling

May 19, 2020

One of the biggest reasons why cavities are common is because they can develop before you realize it. Therefore, they can damage your tooth structure before you’re able to seek treatment for them. However, once a cavity becomes severe enough, its presence is no longer a secret. In addition to the discomfort the cavity causes, it can also start to visibly impact the appearance of your tooth as the structure continues to decay. With the ability to address the many different impacts of a cavity, including its cosmetic ones, a tooth-colored filling could be the best way to restore your smile.

It makes the cavity almost disappear

Unlike the more traditional dental fillings of the past, tooth-colored fillings don’t contain any traces of metal at all, which allows them to retain a more natural-looking appearance. In fact, the composite resin that tooth-colored fillings are made of can be custom-tinted to match your tooth’s unique color, shade, and appearance. This gives them the ability to restore your tooth’s healthy, natural appearance as well as its health, strength, and integrity, making your cavity treatment a greater overall improvement for your smile.

It fills the cavity precisely

The appearance of tooth-colored composite resin may be one of its most immediately noticeable benefits. However, the properties of the composite resin can also make it a more successful cavity treatment overall, especially for your tooth’s long-term health and integrity. For example, composite resin conforms precisely to the shape of a cavity once it’s applied, and after it’s hardened, it retains that shape for years. This not only improves the tooth’s structural integrity, but also helps provide better protection against oral bacteria for the exposed part of your tooth’s structure.

It stops the cavity from getting worse

When you wait long enough to treat a cavity, the tooth decay behind it can become severe enough to require root canal treatment instead of a tooth filling. This involves removing infected tissues and nerves from within the tooth’s inner pulp chamber and root canal, then sealing them with biocompatible material. If you have a filling placed to treat a cavity, but the filling doesn’t conform to the cavity or retain its shape, then the tooth can become infected again and require root canal treatment the next time you treat it. Because of their ability to treat cavities with more precise and reliable results, tooth-colored fillings can help you significantly reduce the risks of this occurring.

Treat your cavity with a tooth-colored filling

Treating a cavity with a tooth-colored filling can give your tooth a much better chance at recovering from it long-term. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.

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