Despite advances in dental care, tooth decay is still a common issue. The main treatment for cavities is dental fillings. Fillings come in different materials, but many dentists prefer composite resin white fillings for cavities for numerous reasons. Composite resin fillings blend in with your smile, making your treatment more discreet. They also require less drilling. At Flower Mound Dental in Flower Mound, Texas, we use white fillings to treat decay and protect your teeth from future cavities.
The main purpose of cavity treatment is to treat decay and restore the health and function of your tooth. A small cavity may not seem like a big deal, but it can spread quickly, and it won’t be long before you feel the pain and discomfort of a decayed tooth. Left unchecked, decay can spread to adjacent teeth, putting their health at risk as well. Ultimately, decay could result in premature tooth loss.
By having your tooth filled, you can avoid these problems and protect your oral health. Dr. William Wyatt will remove the decay and repair the damage with a dental filling. Composite resin fillings are a mix of powdered glass and acrylic resin material. This tooth-colored material is applied directly onto your tooth in layers and cured with a LED light to bond it in place. Dr. Wyatt will mold the filling to the shape of your tooth to give it a natural appearance. Once your tooth is filled, it can be used again.
Most cavities are treated with either silver amalgam or composite resin fillings. Of the two, more people are choosing white fillings for numerous reasons.
Here are some of the advantages offered by composite resin fillings:
Metal and mercury-free – Composite resin fillings contain no mercury or metal components, which may be better for people with health issues.
Esthetics – White fillings are less noticeable when you smile as they blend in with your teeth and exude a natural appearance. With proper care, your white fillings will retain their discreet appearance for years.
Durability – White fillings are durable enough to use on front or back teeth and can withstand years of biting and chewing. In the event of damage, they can often be repaired without having to replace the entire filling.
Less invasive treatment – White fillings bond directly to your teeth, so there’s no need for excessive drilling. This preserves more of your tooth’s natural structure and integrity. By creating a tight seal around your tooth, the filling helps keep it safe from infection and decay in the future.
Reduced tooth sensitivity – Metal fillings conduct cold and heat, which can lead to problems with tooth sensitivity. White fillings don’t react to temperature changes in your mouth at all, so there’s less risk of this issue.