Dental fillings are used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay. We commonly use the term "cavity" to describe the decay we repair during restorative procedures. Decay is bacteria, and that bacteria creates an acid that literally eats aways at the enamel of your tooth. As it eats it has created a way for bacteria to continue toward the inside of your tooth, which will then extend to the root and will eventually kill the tooth. Our dentists, Drs. Tigran, Furca, and Smith, want to stop that process and bring you tooth back to functional use. Catching cavities early will save you pain and expense.
We primarily uses resin composite fillings which are the same color as your teeth making them nearly undetectable. Traditionally amalgam fillings, known by their silver color, were the more durable product but the resin composite material used today is equally strong and recommended even for back teeth. Besides blending well, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth surface, so we are able to remove only the damaged part of the tooth. Amalgam is used only in the rare instances where composite would not have a good prognosis.
Did you know that studies have found that people who drink 3 sugary drinks a day have 62% more tooth decay? Did you know that 78% of people will have at least one cavity by the age of 17? The Center for Disease Control posted this information in 2002. Did you know that cavities are down 50% in children in the past two decades? Education is helping, followed with regular dental visits, and information about sealants and diet are making a difference.
Contact A Smiling Heart Dentistry today at (425) 532-3200 for more information on how to protect or restore your teeth.