Cavities and Tooth Fillings
Tooth decay is the most prevalent dental issue today among children and adults, and is the reason why tooth fillings are among the most popular restorative dentistry treatments. When a cavity develops from tooth decay, Dr. Nielsen will clean out the infection and fill the cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin. Unlike metal fillings, the resin conforms exactly to the shape of the cavity, reinforcing the tooth while sealing away its interior from further infection.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored composite resin is a mixture of biocompatible acrylic and quartz-like particles. The resin is made according to your tooth’s specific color and hue, and can be bonded to the tooth’s surface to create a more effective barrier than metal amalgam.
Unlike metal, resin also retains its shape when exposed to hot and cold temperatures, meaning your tooth-colored filling will not expand or contract and damage your already-compromised tooth. Therefore, tooth-colored fillings have less of a chance of failure than their more conventional metal counterparts, and they reduce the risk of needing root canal treatment in the future.
Also, since tooth-colored fillings blend in with your surrounding dentition, they remain discreet even when placed in teeth that are highly-visible when you smile.