Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings, A Discreet Cavity Treatment
Plaque and bacteria build-up on your teeth can lead to cavities. Left untreated, cavities can eat away at your tooth enamel, causing serious damage to your teeth. At Greenbelt Dental Health in Austin, Texas, Dr. Christopher Naranjo uses composite tooth-colored fillings to treat decayed teeth and restore your oral health. Composite fillings are hardly noticeable on your teeth, making your treatment as discreet as possible to not detract from your smile’s appearance.
Cosmetic and Restorative Benefits of Composite Fillings
The most common types of cavity treatments are silver amalgam and composite fillings. Both are effective in repairing decayed teeth. Amalgam fillings, however, stand out when you smile, which can detract from your smile’s aesthetic appeal. In contrast, composite fillings match the color of natural teeth, making them more cosmetically pleasing.
But looks aren’t the only reason to choose composite fillings. Quality composite fillings:
- Bond directly to your tooth’s surface, strengthening its structure while protecting it from future cavities.
- Don’t expand or contract when exposed to temperature changes in your mouth, making them less likely to come loose and fall out.
- Require less drilling than amalgam fillings, conserving more of your tooth’s natural structure when applied to your teeth.
- Minimize tooth sensitivity so you can consume hot or cold foods and drinks without feeling the effects on your teeth.
- Are composed of durable composite resin material which can withstand the pressure of years of chewing and grinding food.
Composite fillings give you the best of both worlds when it comes to appearance and functionality.
Importance of Treating Cavities Promptly
Composite fillings can be highly effective in treating decay, especially when cavities are treated quickly. The longer you wait for cavity treatment, the greater the damage to your teeth. Delayed cavity treatment also puts healthy teeth at risk, as harmful bacteria and decay can spread to nearby teeth. Composite fillings can nip cavities in the bud to preserve and protect your smile.