Find out why dental fillings are necessary and how they can improve your oral health.
Did our St. Peters, MO, family dentist, Dr. Amanda Hillis, just discover a cavity during your last dental checkup? If so, don’t fear; a dental filling is here! Sure, no one revels in the idea of needing dental work but with composite resin dental fillings not only will you get a restored tooth but you won’t even notice that you have a filling.
Why do I need a dental filling?
A dental filling is a special dental material that is used to replace decayed tooth enamel once it’s been removed. As you might imagine, you can’t just leave a tooth after it’s been treated for a cavity. Not only does it weaken the tooth, leaving it prone to further damage, but also it affects the tooth’s appearance. I think we can all agree that no one wants holes in their teeth. A dental filling is the only way to fill these holes left by the removed decay to restore the tooth.
What are the benefits of a composite resin dental filling?
Composite resin is a malleable tooth-colored material that can be placed and shaped to fill these holes in the treated tooth. Before the resin is even placed our St. Peters dentist will choose the proper shade of material to make sure that it blends in with the rest of the tooth. A composite resin filling will ensure that no one will even notice that you have a filling (even you!).
One of the most important benefits of getting a composite dental filling is that it will restore the strength and durability of the tooth. In fact, a filling could almost fully restore the tooth back to its original resiliency. This will ultimately prevent the tooth from weakening over time, which can lead to cracks and fractures.
Composite resin fillings can last up to seven years or more before needing to be replaced. Of course, the longevity of your fillings depends on you. This means, taking good care of your teeth. Don’t use teeth as tools to open up plastic packaging or other items (leave that for scissors). By not putting your filling through excessive wear and tear you could have it for a decade or more. Also, make sure that you are coming in to visit your dentist every six months for routine checkups to check the health of your filling.
Hillis Family Dental prides itself on offering a full range of dental services in St. Peters, MO. No matter whether you are dealing with a cavity or you just need to schedule your six-month cleaning, we are always here to provide you with quality, trustworthy dental care.