Why Do I Need A Filling?
When bacteria reside in the grooves or broken facets of your teeth they begin to produce chemicals and acids that degrade and break down tooth structure. The process of degradation is called “decay”. The longer the bacteria are left undisturbed the more the damage will progress eventually leading to further tooth fracture or the need for root canal treatments.
If your dentist identifies an area of decay, we will treatment plan the tooth for a filling. This process involves removing the decayed tooth structure until only healthy tooth structure remains. This is followed by replacement of the lost tooth structure with a filling material like a composite resin.
Composite Resin Fillings (Tooth-Colored Fillings)
Composite fillings are the preferred filling material at Deccan Dental. Composite is a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered glass-like particles that produce a tooth-colored filling. There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations:
Resin fillings are usually completed in a single visit. The resin material is bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. The fillings are durable, tissue compatible, and kind to the opposing teeth. Resin fillings allow us to preserve the greatest amount of natural tooth structure. Most importantly, color and shading can be matched to the existing tooth.
Replacing Silver Fillings With A Tooth-Colored Restoration
It is your decision whether or not to replace any old silver fillings however our dentists will evaluate your existing silver fillings and give your our recommendations.