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Restoring teeth is essential especially when tooth decay is present. Tooth decay can occur to patients of all ages. In short, it is the deterioration of the tooth enamel. Patients may notice tooth pain or not be aware until a dental exam is performed. Should tooth decay be present, your dentist is likely to recommend a dental filling to prevent further damage.
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What Are Dental Fillings?
As mentioned above, tooth decay deteriorates the tooth enamel. This often occurs from poor dental hygiene and tooth damage such as cracks. Left untreated, the decay can lead to infection resulting in extensive dental work or tooth loss. For this reason, dentists recommend dental fillings to restore the tooth and prevent further decay.
Dental fillings are commonly performed using two popular materials. Amalgam is the silver material that has been used for several years. It is durable and affordable. However, it darkens over time. That’s why many patients prefer a tooth-colored material known as composite resin. This choice effectively and discreetly restores the tooth. Patients can confidently smile and laugh without displaying dark fillings. Composite resin is also used to cover previous amalgam fillings!
How Dental Fillings Work
The dentist will examine the affected tooth to assure that a dental filling will be most effective. This may require a dental X-ray, which he or she will discuss with you before proceeding. If the dental filling is the best treatment, debris and decay is thoroughly removed from the affected tooth. Next, the filling material is applied and hardened using a special light.
It is important to maintain proper dental care to protect the filling. Proper care will also protect your teeth and gums from other health issues. Every smile is unique. Generally, it is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Floss daily and maintain your dental visits as advised.
Learn More About Dental Fillings
The Dental Smiles of Hartford team has years of experience helping patients with restorative procedures such as dental fillings. Restore your smile and prevent future dental issues. Call (860) 956-5555 or book an appointment online here.