Cavities are one of the most common dental issues. Commonly associated as an issue faced by children, even adults can develop them. A majority of adults have developed at least one cavity in an adult tooth during their lifetime. When cavities develop, treatment is needed right away. At Raptou Family Dental, we can treat cavities with composite fillings.
What Exactly is a Cavity?
A cavity is a small pit that forms in your tooth. However, how does it get there? During the course of the day, plaque and bacteria accumulate in your mouth. While these substances are natural, they are also harmful. Both produce harmful acids that, when left on the surfaces of your teeth, begin to eat away at your enamel. This leads to weak spots, which eventually turn into cavities.
Composite fillings are an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made up of a mixture of metals that are suspended in mercury. These fillings are incredibly strong and can withstand some of the strongest biting and chewing forces. However, they are silver in color. Because of this, they stand out against the whiteness of your natural teeth. While this may not be a huge issue for teeth at the back of the mouth, it can cause serious aesthetic issues when treating cavities in your front teeth. Additionally, many patients express concerns about the materials used in amalgam.
Composite fillings are free of both metal and mercury. They are composite resin, a material made up of fine glass, plastic, and other substances. Composite resin is tooth colored and therefore blends in perfectly with the color of your natural teeth. It is perfect for treating cavities in your front teeth, restoring not only your oral health but the quality of your smile as well.
How is a Composite Filling Placed?
The process for placing a composite filling is simple and straightforward, and can typically be completed in about 30 minutes. We begin by cleaning the tooth and drilling out the decay. Next, we place the composite material into the cavity. It is cured using a special light. Finally, we polish the material smooth. Once complete, there is not telling the filling from the rest of your tooth.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
There are numerous benefits associated with composite fillings.
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Composite fillings treat cavities and restore the appearance of your teeth at the same time. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.