Restorative Dental Fillings
According to statistics, even the patients who are the most dedicated to brushing and flossing will probably have to deal with a cavity at some point. One of the most common dental problems, dental cavities can also turn into one of the most destructive if not treated in time.
Patients who visit our office to have cavities filled keep their smile bright and white with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. LaMarche, creates natural-looking, high-quality dental restorations that may prevent the need for more extensive treatment later.
How Cavities Form
Every person has naturally occurring bacteria in his or her mouth. If they miss brushing after a meal or before bed, the bacteria combine with saliva to create a sticky substance known as plaque. Most commonly found at the gum line, between teeth, and in the grooves of the back teeth, plaque can form anywhere in the mouth.
When you eat foods that are high in sugars or carbohydrates, the bacteria in the plaque become active. They begin feeding on the sugars and carbs, emitting acids as they go. The acids cause the enamel of the teeth to weaken, which allows the bacteria to attack.
A cavity forms as the bacteria destroy the weakened enamel and dentin layers, causing the tooth to decay. If the decay is not removed from the tooth promptly, it can spread to the soft pulp tissue at the center and actually kill the tooth.
Tooth-colored Composite Resin Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are superior to the older metal amalgam fillings in many ways. They can restore teeth to their original look and function and help maintain their strength. In fact, white fillings are the state-of-the-art alternative to rebuilding teeth.
White fillings, also called composite fillings, are made from tooth-colored materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth.
A composite filling usually requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored by Dr. LaMarche.
An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to the composite resin’s ability to form a chemical bond with the teeth adhesive.
The composite material has great pliability, which allows Dr. LaMarche to easily mold the resin to fit into the cavity. He can then shape the material so that the tooth retains its natural shape and the patient maintains a correct bite.
Composite resin fillings are preferable for obvious cosmetic reasons, but if the decayed area is large or is subject to heavy chewing pressure, Dr. LaMarche, your dentist may recommend another type of material or restoration.
The Importance of Regular Dental Visits
If the edge of the filling eventually pulls away from the tooth, bacteria can get between the filling and the enamel and eventually may cause decay. Tooth decay over time may develop elsewhere on the tooth. Regular visits to Dr. LaMarche at The Forum Dental Group are important because they allow us to detect a problem in the early stage.