Dental Fillings are the most common tooth restoration treatments after tooth decay. Tooth decay begins when bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack the tooth's surface (enamel). This can lead to a small hole in a tooth, called a cavity. If tooth decay is not treated, it can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
Can you remember the old "black" fillings? This material is called amalgam and fortunately it belongs in the past. We now use modern composite resin materials, also known as white fillings.
Composite resin fillings are the least invasive treatment available. They consist of a type of a tooth-colored acrylic resin reinforced with a glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth both at the front and back.
They are BPA-free, non-toxic, and completely safe and biocompatible. They offer both aesthetics and functionality to your teeth.
With proper care and maintenance, your white fillings can last from a few to several years.
▸ Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
▸ Use floss and interdental brushes
▸Avoid hard food that can chip or premature wear your fillings such as popcorn seeds, nuts, and certain candies
▸ Cut back sugar
▸ Schedule your twice-a-year cleaning and check-up at your dentist to replace any worn old fillings. This can prevent tooth decay.