The Benefits of Restorative Fillings
A cavity damages your tooth enamel—sometimes beyond repair if the decay invades the interior pulp, root, and bone. However, if detected early, your family dentist, Dr. Greg Lowenguth, can remake the tooth enamel with restorative fillings at HFL Dental in Mendon, NY. Your tooth can be good as new.
What causes tooth decay?
Strep bacteria does. It lives in food particles on and between your teeth. Of course, we brush and floss to remove this plaque, but any leftover residue provides the perfect breeding ground for damaging bacteria. They give off acids which, little by little, lead to tooth decay.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem in both children and adults worldwide. However, you can prevent it with good oral hygiene habits at home and care from your family dentist in his Mendon area office.
The benefits of restorative fillings
If you do develop a cavity (some people are more prone than others), Dr. Lowenguth can repair it. He removes the decayed enamel and places a tooth-colored filling.
Most of today's fillings are made from durable and lifelike composite resin, a mixture of glass powder and acrylic. Into the prepared site, your family dentist layers the resin, hardening each surface with an ultraviolet light.
Besides composite resin, Dr. Lowenguth offers porcelain fillings (inlays and onlays) and glass ionomer fillings, which contain sustained-release fluoride. He'll repair your tooth with a material appropriate to the size and location of your cavity.
These are the benefits of modern restorative fillings:
- They stop the decay process, strengthen your enamel and allow you to keep your tooth.
- They block bacteria from invading the interior pulp chamber and root canals.
- Fillings strengthen tooth enamel and avoid fracture.
- Their natural color matches tooth enamel seamlessly.
- Your dentist removes less tooth enamel than with amalgam (metal) fillings.
- The procedure is fairly rapid, and most fillings last ten years or longer, says DocShop.
At HFL Dental in Mendon, your family dental team offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services. If Dr. Lowenguth discovers you have a cavity, rely on an effective repair with a natural-looking filling material. Call our office to learn more: (585) 624-1917.