If you have a cavity treatment is crucial to avoid complications, including pain or the onset of an infection. For years an amalgam filling was your only option for addressing a cavity. However, we can offer a more natural looking alternative. What are metal-free fillings? How do they differ from traditional dental fillings?
Metal vs. Composite Resin
Amalgam fillings can address decay; however, they do not have a very esthetically-pleasing appearance. In addition, people with metal allergies, or pregnant women and young children, may not be able to receive them. Over time, they can expand and increase the risk of decay occurring again. However, composite resin contains no metal and is safe for people of all ages. The material can be shaded to blend with your smile and the fillings will not expand with time.
What Does Placement Involve?
First, we will remove any decay and clean the tooth. Then, we will apply the composite resin. We will shape it as necessary while the material cures under a special light. Finally, the tooth will be thoroughly polished for a more lifelike appearance. The entire process only takes one visit.
What are Indicators of Decay?
How do you know if you need treatment? Early on, you may notice tooth sensitivity or a persistent toothache. We can perform an examination to see if you have decay and require treatment. We recommend undergoing a dental checkup once every six months so the doctor can identify the presence of decay in the early stages, even before you experience discomfort.
You can also take steps to help avoid decay, such as:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing once a day
- Having your teeth cleaned once every six months