When the tooth enamel that rests on the outer layer is injured or eaten away, a hole forms, which is called a cavity. If a cavity digs into the canal of a tooth, the pulp will be at risk for infection, which can lead to tooth loss. To prevent further damage to a tooth, dental fillings are used.
One form of dental filling on the rise is called dental composites, also known as tooth-colored fillings. The main appeal of dental composites is that they can blend in with the natural color of your teeth and can fill in cavities that may be too small for amalgams to conceal. Dental composites are also mercury-free for those who are allergic or wish to avoid the controversial metal.
Another prominent variety of dental filling is dental amalgams. For over a century and a half in America, dentists have been using dental amalgams to help people combat the effects of tooth decay. Dental amalgams use a mixture of metals and a small amount of mercury as a binding agent to create a filling that can fix cavities and prevent future damage from taking place. Although dental fillings sometimes need to be repaired and replaced, they remain one of the most durable procedures in dentistry.
Dental fillings may be the dentistry service you need. For an oral examination at My Dental Care at our dentist office in Fishers, Indiana, please book an appointment with Dr. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia and our team by calling 317-849-0999. Let us help you achieve a healthy smile!