Tooth-Colored, Metal-Free Fillings
Oral bacteria, which are the building blocks of the plaque and tartar that cling to your teeth, are the most common threats to your oral health. Cavities, or holes in your teeth caused by tooth decay, are the most frequent threat that oral bacteria pose. Some of them produce harmful substances, like acids, that erode your tooth’s enamel so that the bacteria can reach the tooth structure underneath it. Fortunately, restoring a tooth with a cavity is often as simple as cleaning and filling it. At our office, we utilize metal-free, tooth-colored composite resin to create safe, discreet, and highly effective fillings that not only treat cavities, but also blend in discreetly with the healthy teeth around them.
Long-Term Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored composite resin is the same material your dentist uses to perform cosmetic tooth bonding, and its lifelike appearance is one of the main advantages of using it to treat a cavity. Once the filling is placed, the restoration and your cavity will no longer be noticeable. However, composite resin also offers significant advantages for the long-term health and integrity of your tooth. For instance, the material can be securely bonded to your tooth structure, which means it can create a tighter seal against harmful oral bacteria than metal fillings can. Because the resin also conforms more accurately to your cavity’s shape, it also reduces your risks of tooth damage or reinfection compared to metal fillings.
A More Discreet Filling for Your Cavity
A metal-free filling not only treats your cavity, but also erases visible traces of it to improve your tooth’s overall appearance. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Peddicord Family Dentistry in Ankeny, IA, today at (515) 963-3339. We also proudly serve patients of all ages from Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.