Ouch. Did the sip of coffee you took this morning cause a twinge of pain? Have you had to forego your after-dinner dessert, lately, because of discomfort in a tooth? If so, it could be because you have a cavity. Dental cavities are actually one of the most common dental problems, for both kids and adults. Fortunately, they are also one of the simplest to treat. And, thanks to modern dentistry, a restorative dental filling does not have to mean the end of your beautiful smile. On the contrary, tooth-colored fillings can actually improve both the form and function of your smile, after a cavity.
Wondering How to Best Cope with a Cavity?
While metal fillings were once the primary form of restorative treatment for a cavity, they did pose several problems. First, they were not great choices for people with metal allergies or even metal sensitivities. Metal is also rather conductive, which caused some people to experience discomfort, particularly when eating or drinking hot items. Fortunately, there is now a wonderful alternative to traditional metal fillings.
Many modern general dentists and patients, alike, actually prefer the benefits of tooth-colored fillings. These fillings are made of a composite resin material that bonds well with teeth, creating a tight seal against further decay or even infection. But just as importantly, the resin can be made to closely match your natural teeth’s shade, and sculpted to match their size and shape, allowing for a nearly seamless form of restorative treatment, so you can smile comfortably and confidently, even after a cavity!