Composite fillings are the fillings of choice at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. For durable and aesthetic cavity treatment in Skokie, IL, Dr. Stein and Dr. Weiss can eliminate tooth decay and protect your remaining enamel with composite fillings.
The Need for Composite Fillings
Did you know that over 90% of American adults have had a cavity? This large number proves that oral bacteria can be a destructive force in your mouth. When plaque and tartar are not properly removed from the surface of teeth and gums, it can lead to tooth decay. Oral bacteria releases acidic wastes which can erode away enamel over time. A build-up of tooth decay creates small holes in enamel called cavities.
Removing all decay and filling cavities is essential for optimal oral health. If left untreated, cavities can continue to grow and eventually expose the vulnerable inner tooth to bacterial infections. Untreated tooth decay can lead to more advanced, invasive procedures such as root canal, dental crown, or dental extraction treatments.
Composite fillings are simply a type of substance dentists use to fill a patient’s cavities in order to protect their natural tooth from further decay. Composite fillings are made from a composite resin material that is durable and easy to manipulate.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Several other materials are still used today when filling cavities. These include amalgam (a blend of silver, mercury, tin, and copper metals), gold, and even porcelain. While there are benefits and drawbacks to each of these materials, there are several reasons why we choose to use composite fillings for most cavity treatment at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry:
- A seamless filling: Composite resin can be tooth-colored and made to match a patient’s unique tooth shade. When laughing, eating, or speaking, no one will be able to see fillings interrupting your smile.
- A tighter bond: Composite resin creates a chemical bond with tooth enamel that replicates the strength and durability of natural enamel.
- A versatile substance: Dental composite is used for much more than just cavities; chipped or worn teeth can be quickly repaired with it as well.
- A less invasive filling: Compared to other filling solutions, a smaller amount of tooth must be removed to place a composite filling.
- A better filling for small cavities: Composite resin is the top choice for filling a small cavity because it can bond to even small amounts of enamel.
When receiving a filling, Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss will first numb the area around the affected tooth. Depending on a patient’s comfort level, sedative medications may also be given to induce a more relaxed state during the procedure. Any tooth decay present in the affected tooth will be removed by a laser or dental drill. Next, your dentist will prepare the area for the filling by cleaning and smoothing the indentation. After placing the composite resin material, your dentist will shape and polish it to match the natural tooth.
Contact Us for Skilled Cavity Treatment
Scheduling regular dental examinations at least twice a year can help us detect tooth decay and cavities early to save you money and time in the dentist chair. Never put off getting a cavity filled; the sooner it’s treated, the sooner your tooth can be saved from the damaging effects of tooth decay. To request an appointment, contact The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry today.