How Tooth Colored Fillings Restore Your Smile
Dental fillings can help resolve damage done by cavities and/or trauma. Your family dentist at Elkhart Dental Center in Elkhart, IN, Dr. Sangyoung Lee, provides tooth-colored fillings, as well as other types of dental restorations, to fix teeth.
What are fillings?
According to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General, most people have had at least one cavity by age 17.
Tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred by individuals who don't want visible fillings. They are also known as composite resin and made of plastic resin and a filler, finely ground glass-like particles. They fix issues such as chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth, and short teeth.
Fillings seal holes caused by cavities. A cavity results from bacterial plaque that produces acid and creates holes (cavities) in teeth. If not detected early on, serious issues may occur, like receding gums. Your Elkhart family dentist cleans and disinfects the cavity, then they seal it with the filling to protect the integrity of the tooth.
Composite is a popular and expensive choice that lasts longer, but doesn't require as much drilling compared to amalgam.
Caring for fillings
Dental fillings require the same care as all your teeth: Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. Floss at least once before bed and maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drink water to help wash away food debris, and visit your family dentist twice a year for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
After your dentist has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural.
Benefits of fillings
There are many advantages of tooth-colored fillings, like teeth that don't gray, natural-looking teeth that provide a beautiful smile, composite which strengthens your teeth, and sealed cracks which protect teeth from further decay.
Make sure you brush your teeth and floss every day to maintain a healthy oral regimen.
If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, don't hesitate to call your family dentist at Elkhart Dental Center, Dr. Sangyoung Lee. You can reach him at (574) 522-0156 in his Elkhart, IN, office.