Composite Fillings in Cambridge
Cavities are a common dental problem that most of us have had to contend with. In fact, about 75% of American adults have had a cavity in their lifetime; so chances are, you’ve had a cavity or two yourself. If so, then you know that cavities are most commonly treated with composite fillings.
Filling in the Gap
While fillings can be used to treat different problems within the tooth structure, they are most commonly used to fill in the gap left behind by tooth decay. Decay is caused when a tooth is compromised by acid and bacteria. The decay will spread quickly throughout the tooth if left untreated, deteriorating the structure of the tooth and leaving an empty cavity in its wake. The only way to treat a cavity is to remove the decayed structure altogether and fill in the gap with a resilient material.
Metal vs. Composites
Years ago, metal (or amalgam) was the material of choice for fillings. These old-fashioned metal-based fillings were dark and often noticeable in the mouth. They were also known to shrink or swell in response to temperature changes, making them unreliable over time.
Advantages of Composites
We prefer to use tooth-colored fillings, manufactured out of resins that blend in with your own teeth. Another advantage of these fillings is that they protect against further tooth decay by forming a highly effective seal.
We kindly urge you to make a dental appointment at Avalon Dental Center to speak with a top-notch dentist about composite fillings. Client satisfaction and optimum oral care are our main concerns. We look forward to meeting with you. If you’d like to learn more about general dentistry, read about tooth removal and root canal therapy.