If you have a metal filling, it may show when you smile. Does every cavity have to have an amalgam restoration? The answer is no. In fact, today's preferred filling materials are tooth-colored composite resin, porcelain, or glass ionomer. Let Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, your dentists in Fenton, MO, tell you about the bright, beautiful fillings they place at Kemlage Family Dentistry.
What is a cavity anyway?
It's a hole in your tooth enamel caused by acids produced by oral bacteria. Found in plaque and tartar, these active microbes eat through that hard outer layer, and if not treated by your Fenton, MO, dentist, they invade the dentin and inner pulp. Fillings repair decay, and for more extensive cavities, which can be accompanied by infection, dental crowns and root canal therapy may be in order.
What is a filling?
For generations, dentists have halted decay at its earliest possible stages. Unfortunately, their dark and very obvious appearance has bothered both patients and dentists. Also, to place them securely, metal fillings require extensive enamel preparation, often weakening healthy enamel over time.
Today, however, your dentists in Fenton, MO, have tooth-colored materials which blend in with your tooth natural color. Bonded in place and strengthened with a curing light, composite resin, porcelain, and glass ionomer fillings are just as strong as your real tooth enamel. Plus, your dentist removes only the decay--not any extra enamel--in order to fill the tooth properly.
Specifically, composite resin is a mixture of glass particles and acrylic. It installs in layers, and the doctor cures each one. This material repairs chips, cracks and other cosmetic defects seamlessly, and the material flexes with the pressure of biting and chewing in the same way tooth enamel does.
Regarding porcelain, dentists use this tried and true ceramic to create partial crowns. These large fillings fit in between or over the cusps of a tooth, protecting and supporting a large area of its structure.
Many excellent choices
Dental restorations truly are better than ever, conferring strength, beauty and longevity to a damaged tooth. When you come to Kemlage Family Dentistry for your next routine exam and cleaning, ask about tooth-colored fillings and other innovative dental materials. Call for your appointment at (636) 225-1777.