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Tooth Colored Fillings
Have you ever seen someone that you know laugh or smile only to see dark areas in their teeth? While it could be a cavity, this is often just dark colored fillings. While these dark fillings function properly, many do not want others to see their fillings or worse, mistake the fillings for decay. At Absolute Quality Care Family Dentistry we can use composite resin fillings that can be matched to the shade of your own teeth, often to the point of going unnoticed. Wouldn’t you rather keep your fillings a secret between you and Dr. Bailey?
Tooth-colored Fillings Vs. Metal Amalgam Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings offer several advantages over traditional metal fillings. A properly placed resin, tooth-colored filling is bonded to the tooth, while a metal filling expands and contracts. Because metal has this reaction to temperature we often see cracks in the tooth, leakage, and even decay under the filling. A properly placed resin filling should not be sensitive to temperature in the way that many amalgam fillings are. There has also been concern that metal fillings contain, among other things, mercury. Resin fillings contain no mercury. At this time, there is no evidence to support that metal fillings are harmful, but many people don’t want to take the chance.
What is the reason for having a filling placed?
Decay is caused by bacteria that eat away at the teeth. This softens the enamel of the tooth causing it to cave in a bit by bit. Where the tooth caves in, this is referred to as a cavity. Cavities tend to grow larger overtime. The longer they remain the more damage they cause. If you are sensitive to temperature or if you have sweet sensitivity you may have a cavity. However, you may also have a cavity and not even realize it because you may not be able to feel the pain from the cavity until the it reaches a certain depth. Cavities can lead to things like toothaches and dental abscesses if left untreated. Tooth decay has also been linked to heart disease. In any case, it is best to keep up with your cleanings and checkups so that we can detect any cavities before they become a big problem. Another less common reason for a filling might be a chipped tooth as is pictured below.
What causes cavities and how can I prevent them?
A number of things can cause cavities– from our genes to our food choices. If you have a family history of oral decay then you may be more susceptible to cavities. To prevent cavities you can avoid certain foods. Sugary foods like sweets may play a role in feeding bacteria that cause cavities. Acidic foods such as fruits or soft drinks contain acid that eats the enamel off your teeth. Enamel is the white protective coating on your teeth, and once it’s gone there is no getting it back. If you decide not to avoid these foods try to brush your teeth as soon as possible. If you can’t brush your teeth you may be able lessen the effects of these foods by washing your mouth out with water. It should be noted that washing your mouth out with water can never replace brushing and flossing. You should brush and floss your teeth at least two times per day–once in the morning and once at night–with a fluoride toothpaste. Also visit Dr. Bailey or his Hygienist regularly so that they can clean where you can’t.