Great Looking Composite Tooth Fillings in Tulsa, OK
Cavities are probably the most common dental problem in America, which is why it is common for 75% of Americans to have tooth fillings before they turn 17. Because they are common, many people don’t think cavities are something to be worried about. Our Tulsa, OK dentist knows better.
Leaving a cavity untreated, however, can give you a lot of pain, especially if the decay breaks through to your dental pulp. Let Masterpiece Smiles restore the health of your tooth with a tooth filling.
How Cavities Form
People know to avoid sugary candy and drinks to help avoid cavities. That means sugar causes tooth decay, right? That’s only part of the story. Cavities are caused by harmful bacteria living on the surface of your teeth. They secrete an acid that corrodes tooth enamel. This creates a small hole or crater, which we call a cavity.
These bacteria live off tiny particles of food and drink left on your teeth and gums. They can eat just about anything, but they especially thrive on sugar and carbs. The more sugar you eat, the more you feed the bacteria that cause cavities.
That’s why brushing and flossing regularly is so important for optimal dental health. You get rid of those particles of food and drink that bacteria need to grow.
Metal Fillings v. Composite Fillings
In the past, a metal amalgam filling was the standard treatment for a cavity. A dentist would remove the corroded enamel and bacteria there and then fill the cavity with a mixture of silver, mercury, and other metals. While it worked, it did have its downsides. Mercury is toxic to humans. While the amount used is small, it’s still there. (It’s used because it helps make the other metals more pliable.)
Composite fillings have no metal. Instead, they are made from a tooth-colored resin material. This material is strong and safe as it contains no mercury. The resin also bonds well with enamel, unlike metal.
Choose the Tooth Filling Best For You
At our Tulsa, OK dental office, you can get tooth-colored composite fillings instead of metal. These metal-free tooth fillings use a composite resin material that more readily bonds with the enamel on your teeth.
It’s just as durable as metal, but it will be colored beforehand to match the color of the tooth with the cavity. Instead of having a noticeable spot of metal in your smile, you’ll have a material that’s very hard, if not impossible, to notice.
More important, your cavity will be repaired, and you’ll be able to chew normally again. Repairing damage and looking great — that’s why we always recommend composite fillings instead of metal ones.
Your Tooth Filling Procedure
To repair the damage, our dentist, Dr. Cobble, will start by removing the decayed enamel. Doing so can get rid of the bacteria still present there. Then, your dentist will place the filling in the cavity, and it will bond to your healthy enamel. Since enamel has no nerve endings, this process is normally painless. However, we’ll use a local anesthetic just to make sure no pressure gets through to the nerve endings inside your tooth.