When you have a hole in your tooth known as a cavity, a filling is required to effectively fill in the hole. This is so no bacteria can enter the tooth, and potentially infect the root canal. The earlier a cavity can be treated, the better it will be for your oral health.
With modern day advances in the dental field, fillings can now be made from a white composite material (as opposed to silver amalgam). This is a friendlier material to use which doesn’t contain mercury. It also provides a much more aesthetically pleasing result, as the material is made to match your natural tooth structure (so it blends in).
Why Would I Need White Fillings?
When tooth decay sets in and erodes away at our tooth structure, holes will start to appear (cavities). As mentioned, if left untreated bacteria will start to creep inside our teeth and this can lead to further complications with the nerve of the tooth. At this stage to save a tooth, treatment on the root canal will need to be performed. We will effectively clean out the infected nerve and bacteria out of the tooth and will then do a root filling to stop further bacteria from entering. In the worst case scenario, the tooth may not be savable and the tooth may need to be removed.
We always advise prevention is the key to maintaining good oral health. By attending your regular check ups every 6 months, we will be checking to see if there are any complications developing in the background. Did you know that you won’t always feel pain/sensitivity straight away and at the check ups we can catch these early stages.
What Are The Benefits of White fillings?
The easiest answer is that they will have filled up a hole in your tooth, which will stop any further bacteria from entering. The second benefit is that they won’t compromise the aesthetics of your teeth as they are made to blend in with your natural teeth.
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