FILLINGS (TOOTH-COLORED RESTORATION)
There are many advantages to tooth colored restorations. Resin are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
Symptoms of tooth decay
When the hard, outer layer of tooth enamel develops a hole, bacteria and acids get access to the more sensitive layers beneath – the dentine and pulp. This can cause pain and make your tooth vulnerable to further decay and infection. The following signs and symptoms suggest you may have a dental cavity:
- a white mark on the surface of a tooth – suggests very early development of a cavity
- a brown spot – suggests a cavity in the later stages of development
- a dark spot that becomes larger and soft to touch – as the cavity becomes more noticeable
- pain – a later symptom of tooth decay (pain may be constant or only when you eat or drink foods that are hot, cold or sweet)
- bad breath and foul tastes – also suggest you may have a dental cavity.
Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when preparing the tooth for a composite filling, and this may result in a smaller filling than an amalgam (metal) filling.