Most people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately, dental fillings can help resolve damage done by cavities. Dr. Frank Casarella, your Seekonk, MA, dentists, provide tooth-colored fillings, as well as other types, to restore teeth.
Fillings seal holes caused by cavities. A cavity results from bacterial plaque that produces acid and creates holes (cavities) in teeth. If not detected early on, serious issues may occur, like receding gums. Your Seekonk doctor clean and disinfect the cavity. Then they seal it with the filling to protect the integrity of the tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred by individuals who don't want visible fillings. They are also known as composite resin and made of plastic resin and a filler, finely ground glass-like particles. They fix issues such as chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth, and short teeth.
Composite is a popular choice that lasts longer but doesn't require as much drilling compared to amalgam.
Dental fillings require the same care as all your teeth: Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. Floss at least once before bed and maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drink water to help wash away food debris, and visit your doctor twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural.
Here are some other advantages of tooth-colored fillings:
- Teeth don't result in gray teeth like silver amalgam
- Teeth look natural and provide a beautiful smile
- Composite strengthens your teeth, so you are free to enjoy meals
- Tooth-colored fillings seals cracks to protect teeth from future bacteria
If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, don't hesitate to call Dr. Frank Casarella, your Seekonk, MA, dentist. Call (508) 761-8668.