We’re lucky we have tooth fillings
Few people get excited when you start talking about tooth fillings. For some, the topic brings back memories ranging from unpleasant to downright nightmarish. However, consider the alternative. Without fillings to treat cavities and seal our teeth, the decay would spread until it rotted away our teeth, likely causing other infections along the way, some of them potentially fatal. Compared to that fate, I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to get tooth fillings!
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How do tooth fillings work?
A cavity starts with a hole in the enamel of the tooth. This hole can come from trauma, or, more typically, from erosion due to the presence of sugars and acids. Once the hole forms, it allows for a pocket of bacteria to form in the tooth, which leads to decay. Before a filling can be placed, this decay must be removed. This is why we have to drill cavities before we fill them.
Fortunately, Dr. Abeyta uses the latest technology in pain free dentistry and painless anesthetic delivery to fill cavities with as little discomfort as possible.
Once the decayed area has been ground away from the tooth and the surface is prepared, the filling can be placed. Dr. Abeyta uses dental composite as well as porcelain restorations, which perfectly match the color of the tooth.
- Composite restorations – these types of restorations blend in with the teeth, have great fit, and avoid the negative aspects of metal fillings. However, they will eventually wear to to the point where they will need to be replaced, often in about 10 years.
- Porcelain restorations – dental porcelain restorations can also be matched to the color of the tooth, and have the advantage of being very hard and long lasting. Porcelain restorations can last 30 years or more, but they aren’t the right fit for every application.
Don’t be afraid of tooth fillings
Unfortunately, most people will have to get at least one tooth filling in their lives. Don’t worry, though, Dr. Abeyta is committed to making the experience as pleasant as it possibly can be. Call today to set up an appointment and experience the best in gentle dentistry.