Tooth decay and cavities can cause a considerable amount of damage to teeth. If these problems are ignored, dental decay can become symptomatic or cause substantial damage to teeth. Once dental decay is diagnosed, the diseased tooth structure is removed. The diseased portion of the tooth that was removed can be replaced with a tooth-colored filling to maintain the tooth's structural integrity. At Refresh Dental, our general dentists provide restorative services including tooth colored fillings or restorations.
There are different kinds of restorative materials available including: amalgam, composite resin, gold, and porcelain. For fillings, the most common materials used are composite resin (tooth colored filling) and amalgam. Some advantages to composite resins include:
Bacteria cause dental decay which breaks down enamel and dentin. If left untreated, the decay will progress and additional tooth structure will be lost and the tooth may also become symptomatic. Dental fillings can replace the damage tooth structure after the decay is removed and restore function of the tooth.
If the tooth is too damaged or the decay severe, a root canal and/or crown may be a better alternative. In some cases, if the decay is severe enough, the tooth may not be restorable and instead needs to be removed. Our general dentists can examine your teeth and explain the recommended treatment options for your individual situation.
Fillings and restorations need to be cared for just like natural teeth. Excellent care at home as well as regular professional care is required to maintain a filling for as long as possible. Also, it is important to reduce excessive force on fillings just the same as natural teeth. If you are a clencher or grinder, our dentist may recommend additional steps to try and protect your teeth and fillings from damage.
Preventative care is key! We recommend the following tips:
Our general dentists will provide a detailed oral care plan to help reduce your risk of developing tooth decay. Following these recommendations will help reduce your chance of developing problems in the future.
If you want to know more about our teeth colored fillings services here at Refresh Dental, give us a call at 780-705-5557. You can also get in touch through our online form and book an appointment.
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