White Fillings Fix Your Cavity & Your Smile
Things have been going pretty well lately. Work has been less stressful than usual. You and your spouse are in a good place in your relationship.
Heck, even your kids are fighting with each other less than they normally do.
You are enjoying how everything is great until to go to brush your teeth before bed. Why isn’t that dark spot going away when you scrub it?
You have a cavity. So much for your great week.
No one likes to learn that they have tooth decay, even though 9 in 10 people will have at least one cavity in their lives. Thankfully, we have ways of dealing with that problem early so it doesn’t develop into a more serious issue. (See our previous post about root canals for one example of such a problem.)
If you need a filling, you can count on the dentist at Parkway Dental in Snellville, GA, to help.
Types Of Dental Fillings
Tooth fillings have been made with a variety of materials over the years. No matter what they are made with, all fillings are designed to do two things.
The first is right in the name. They fill in a hole in your teeth. The second thing fillings do is protect your teeth against new infections.
In modern dentistry, a few types of fillings have been used.
◼︎ Gold Fillings — These will fill in your tooth, and they are durable. They are also markedly more expensive than other kinds of fillings.
◼︎ Amalgam Fillings — These too are durable metallic fillings, but a fraction of the cost of gold ones. Amalgam fillings are made of a blend of materials. In general, half the filling is a kind of mercury and the half can include copper, silver, tin, or a combination of those metals.
★ Composite Fillings — These fillings are made of a white resin. These have proven to be comparably effective with other kinds of fillings.
You may have noticed the star next to composite fillings. These are the kind that we offer for our patients. Not only do the things that other fillings do, but they also do something the other kinds of fillings can’t.
Gold and amalgam fillings look metallic because they are made of metals. This can be distracting when you are talking to someone or smile for a photo. It’s also basically calling attention to the fact that you once had a cavity in that tooth.
Composite fillings are sometimes called tooth-colored fillings. When they are placed, they can blend in rather than standing out. They can provide the same protection without drawing unwanted attention.
Should You Get A Composite Filling?
If you have a fresh cavity, then yes, we would recommend that you get a composite filling as soon as you are able.
What if you had a cavity years ago and you have the gold or amalgam filling to prove it. Should you get a composite filling instead?
If the filling is still structurally sound, then this is a decision you need to make for yourself. You may prefer the composite filling for its cosmetic benefits, and we can certainly replace your old fillings if you would like us to do so.
Some people may be concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings. This is another reason we can replace them for you. (We do want to mention that the American Dental Association considers amalgam fillings safe to use.)
There are other reasons to replace your old fillings, however.
No filling is permanent. Over time, all fillings wear down.
You may notice that a piece of your filling has chipped off or broken free. If you look close, you may find cracks in your filling as well.
In other cases, filling will start to separate from your teeth. They can even fall out. (You should most definitely have your filling replaced at this point.)
We want to point out that fillings are meant to protect teeth. Chipped, cracked, loose, and worn down fillings can expose your tooth to new cavities in places that you can’t clean with a toothbrush or by flossing. This is why replacing old fillings in a timely fashion is important.
How’s Your Smile?
If you notice a dark spot that doesn’t go away when you brush your teeth, then it’s time to call Parkway Dental.
Our dentist office helps patients in and around Snellville, GA, with cavities frequently, and we can help you, too. You can make your appointment by calling (770) 676-1122 or filling out our online form.