Fillings stop cavities and repair tooth fractures. Cosmetic fillings are made of porcelain ceramic or composite resin color-matched to your existing teeth. Composite fillings are also called white fillings, tooth colored fillings or bonded fillings. At Spektor Dental, we use only tooth-colored cosmetic fillings, never silver amalgam or gold fillings.
What Is A Filling?
Fillings are made of composite material. In the past, fillings used to be made of silver or gold. In fact, people used fillings to decorate their teeth. Some fillings were made of silver amalgam, which contained mercury. People were uncomfortable with mercury in their fillings, because mercury is a poison. These days, mercury is not used in fillings.
We use fillings to fix your teeth. Fillings are specifically used to fix tooth decay. When you don’t brush or floss the way you should, or get regular cleanings, you may end up with tooth decay. Tooth decay is when the bacteria that are in your mouth bore a hole in your tooth enamel. Bacteria are always present in your mouth. However, if you brush and floss regularly, you brush a lot of the bacteria away. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, the bacteria will make a hole in your tooth. Over time, that hole will continue to expand.
At some point, if you don’t get it fixed, the cavity will continue into your tooth pulp. That is when you may start to feel the pain. If the cavity continues to grow, you will eventually lose the tooth.
How Fillings Help
The great thing about fillings is that they can fix a tooth that has been weakened due to a cavity. When you get a cavity, we can drill the cavity out, and replace the cavity with a filling. Of course, we will numb your tooth and your gums as well. That way, we can work on your cavity without causing you pain. Once we get the cavity drilled out, we can fill the hole with composite material, which fixes the cavity and also strengthens the tooth. How great is it that we can not only get rid of the cavity but help keep your tooth stronger?
If you are having problems with a tooth, want an exam, or know you need help with fillings, give Spektor Dental a call at (425) 247-3629. We would love to talk to you about fillings, how we do a filling, and how we can make sure you aren’t in any pain because of your filling. Give us a call today, and let us help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible. We love to make sure you have a healthy smile for life.