Perhaps the most common need for tooth fillings occurs in adolescents and teenagers – young molar teeth have very deep grooves and pits in the chewing surface that are often impossible to clean with a toothbrush. These areas become a “safe harbor” for harmful oral bacteria and eventually develop into dental cavities.
Sealants are the first choice to help prevent this destructive process, however, after a cavity develops, it becomes necessary to remove the decay and restore the tooth with a filling.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin material and are available in a number of natural-looking shades to match existing teeth. They are mercury-free, and some have fluoride releasing properties.
Large areas of decay and broken tooth structure typically require more durable restorations such as an inlay or crown, however, composite fillings can be a good solution for minor repairs.
Early Diagnosis is the Key to Protecting Your Teeth and Your Budget
It is important to uncover small areas of decay as early as possible. Regular dental check-ups with necessary xrays are your family's best defense against dental decay.
Contact Us to get started on a preventive care strategy for you and your loved ones.