If you have received a dental filling in recent years, there is a good chance that it was a tooth-colored filling made from composite resin. While silver amalgam was the material of choice for dental fillings for many years in dentistry, composite resin has become a preferred option by many patients and dentists alike. At Shadowridge Dental Group, we offer patients in San Marcos areas, tooth-colored fillings because they offer many aesthetic and oral health benefits. Read on to learn more about composite fillings and how they can benefit your smile if you have a cavity.
When a tooth has a cavity, it is important to remove the decayed portion of the tooth because it has become infiltrated by disease-causing bacteria that, if left untreated, will continue to eat away at the tooth. Eventually, this decay process can cause irreparable damage to the interior of the tooth and potentially even the underlying bone. However, when cavities are caught early through regular dental check-ups, they are simple and easy to treat! The process of getting a filling is composed of two main steps designed to restore the tooth back to health: first, the decayed area of the tooth is removed, and then, the tooth is filled with a material to restore the shape and function of the tooth and help prevent further decay and damage.
Metal amalgam was used for fillings for many decades because it was an affordable material and effective at filling a tooth after a cavity. However, modern dental advances have provided us with composite resin, a material that offers several advantages:
At Shadowridge Dental Group, our focus is on restoring your oral health and ensuring that you have a positive dental experience. We use the latest dental anesthetics and methods to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment. When you come in for a filling, we will first numb the area being treated, so you are pain-free throughout the procedure. Then, we will gently remove the decayed area of the tooth and then place composite resin on the tooth layer-by-layer until a natural tooth shape is achieved. Finally, we will check your bite and make any minor adjustments needed, and you are free to return to your day.