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Why Tooth-Colored Fillings Often Work Better

Cavities may be the most common chronic dental health affliction, but for many people, they are also easily treated with custom tooth-colored fillings. Compared to more traditional metal fillings, tooth-colored ones not only treat cavities more discreetly, but in many ways, more effectively. Whether you want to avoid the metallic appearance of an amalgam filling, or you want to ensure that your filling adheres to your tooth securely to avoid failure, a tooth-colored filling may work better to accomplish your goals.

The Point of Filling a Cavity

A cavity, or hole in your tooth, develops and grows thanks to the presence of tooth decay. The condition is the result of oral bacteria infecting your tooth structure, and when detected in time, it can often be treated by cleaning and filling the cavity. The point of the procedure is two-fold; to stop the decay by removing harmful bacteria and infected tooth structure, and to restore the tooth’s strength by filling the hole. The filling material also seals and protects the exposed structure against bacteria that could otherwise lead to further decay.

Why Composite Resin Works Best

One of the main advantages of tooth-colored fillings is that they remain virtually invisible, keeping your restoration discreet when you speak and smile. However, resin can also be a safer and more reliable option for the long-term health of your tooth. For instance, tooth-colored composite resin, the resin used to create the fillings, is more biocompatible than metal. It doesn’t irritate your oral tissues, create undue friction against the opposing tooth, or change shape and damage the tooth it resides in.

Learn More About the Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

To treat a cavity, or to upgrade your tooth restoration to a more discreet one, then ask your dentist about the benefits of a tooth-colored filling. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 285-4153. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.