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Have a Cavity? Know This Before Filling It

July 5, 2019

Cavities are common, and if you treat it as soon as possible with a filling, then it doesn’t have to have a serious impact on your oral health. However, many patients hesitate or neglect to fill their cavities because they worry about the metal that’s often used to create them. At our Kansas City, MO, dental office, we prefer to fill cavities with tooth-colored fillings, which offer more natural-looking and biocompatible results for treating tooth decay. With a tooth-colored filling, you can treat your cavity more naturally, and without the concerns that sometimes come with more traditional metal restorations.

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Treating It Now Matters in the Future

The most important thing to remember about treating a cavity is that it doesn’t make the cavity go away, or help your tooth regrow the structure that it’s lost. Because of this, the way you fill your cavity will have a significant impact on your long-term oral health. If the filling fails or damages your tooth, then it can become at risk for more severe decay, or the need for tooth extraction. Fortunately, tooth-colored fillings help optimize your cavity treatment to reduce the risks of failure in the future.

There’s a More Natural Way to Do It

Instead of traditional metal amalgam, tooth-colored fillings are made from a biocompatible resin mixture of acrylic and quartz-like particles. The resin doesn’t contain any trace of metal, and its biocompatibility means that it doesn’t cause excess friction or harm to your natural tooth structure. This makes a resin filling less likely to fail or expose your tooth to further decay, reducing your risks of needing even more restorative treatment for the same tooth later.

No One Has to Know About It

Along with their high biocompatibility, one of the most notable benefits of tooth-colored fillings is the fact that they blend in cosmetically with your healthy, natural tooth structure. The composite resin can be custom-tinted to the specific color and shade of your tooth, ensuring a highly lifelike and discreet finish as well as high-quality restorative results. Unlike highly noticeable metal, your tooth-colored filling will remain virtually unnoticeable even when you smile and speak.

Learn More About Tooth-Colored Fillings

If you have a cavity, then a biocompatible, tooth-colored filling could be the best option for treating it. To learn more about why, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.