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Although good oral hygiene habits reduce your risk of tooth decay, many people still develop cavities. In fact, 92 percent of U.S. adults have had one or more cavities, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. If you have tooth decay, restorative fillings offered by your Honeoye Falls, NY, family dentist also serving Mendon, NY, Dr. Gregory Lowenguth of HFL Dental, provide important benefits for your smile.
Why Restoring Your Teeth is Important
A cavity develops when tooth decay attacks your tooth enamel. If the decay isn't treated promptly it can spread to other teeth or reach your pulp, causing an infection called an abscess. Abscesses are particularly dangerous, as the infection can spread to other parts of your body.
Removing the decayed portion of your tooth and replacing it with a filling at the Honeoye Falls, NY, dental office also serving Mendon, NY, stops decay from destroying your tooth and protects your health. The sooner your cavity is filled, the better. Although adding a filling protects and restores your tooth, removing tooth structure weakens the tooth slightly. If your cavity is large, you're more likely to need more than just a standard filling to protect and restore your tooth. Dental crowns may also be needed if you've had a large cavity.
These days, teeth are usually filled with composite resin, a plastic-based material that's available in many tooth-colored shades. Tooth-colored fillings offer these advantages:
- Natural Appearance: Not so long ago, everyone knew you had a filling every time you opened your mouth. That's not the case with tooth-colored fillings. The filling material is selected to match the natural shade of your teeth, which makes your dental work blend in with your tooth enamel. Your filling also won't discolor your tooth over time, a problem that can happen with silver amalgam fillings.
- Stronger Tooth: Composite fillings bond to your enamel, strengthening your tooth. Tooth-colored fillings only require the removal of a small amount of healthy tooth structure surrounding the cavity, which also helps keep your tooth stronger.
- Reduced Cracking Risks: Silver amalgam fillings expand and contract when you eat or drink hot and cold beverages. Expansion and contraction may eventually crack your tooth, increasing your risk of a break or dental abscess. Fortunately, your composite resin filling won't expand or contract no matter what you eat or drink.
Are you concerned that you may have a cavity? Call your family dentist in Honeoye Falls, NY, also serving Mendon, NY, Dr. Lowenguth of HFL Dental, at (585) 624-1917 to schedule an appointment.
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.