The bad news: you have a cavity. The good news: you don’t need to worry about having a silver filling as treatment. At Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Burr and his staff use fillings that are tooth-colored and metal-free so that you can enjoy the best of oral health as well as the cosmetic benefits of a seamlessly white smile. In addition to simply looking better than their metal counterparts, tooth-colored fillings are less sensitive to hot or cold food and beverage temperatures. Moreover, tooth-colored fillings allow your dentist in Cocoa to more conservatively repair a tooth, meaning that more of the natural tooth structure is left intact.
How Cavities Develop
We trust that you brush and floss your teeth every day, twice a day. However, research shows that this daily oral hygiene routine is often not enough to prevent the millions of bacteria in your mouth from managing to cause a cavity. When you eat, oral bacteria feed on the particles of food that get left behind. As they feast, bacteria excrete acidic waste that can lead to enamel erosion. And while brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps to remineralize enamel, if erosion happens too fast then you end up with a cavity.
History of Dental Fillings
Ancient and modern man have always tried to contend with tooth decay. Archaeologists have discovered human remains with evidence of cavities filled with beeswax. In the early part of the 1900s, dentists began to use gold, silver or tin to construct fillings. Later, the heavy metal mercury was added to an amalgam of metal, however, this was always suspect because of long-term health concerns.
The Tooth-Colored Fillings Process
Today, Dr. Burr is able to offer tooth-colored fillings in almost all instances of decay. Made of composite resin material, these fillings are just as strong as metal fillings. Composite resin is a workable substance that is a combination of medical grade plastics and powdered glass filler. Offered in a wide variety of shades, dentist Dr. Burr can select the one that most closely matches the natural color of your tooth.
In addition, a tooth-colored filling offers the added benefit of bonding with the remaining tooth structure. With a metal filling, Dr. Burr drilled away a portion of tooth and then wedged the filling in the hollowed out space. Consequently, there was always the risk of cracking and leakage around the filling. Because a tooth-colored filling is adhesively bonded to your tooth, there is no concern about these problems.
Once your filling is completed, you’ll only need to brush and floss your newly restored tooth just as you do your other teeth. With proper hygiene and regular checkups, you can expect your tooth-colored filling to last for many years.