Tooth decay caused by dental plaque and tartar result in cavities. A hole in your tooth means it is more prone to infection, severe pain, the need for root canal, and possibly the eventual loss of the tooth. A filling is required, but if you’re thinking of old-fashioned ones that are made of metal and stand out like sore thumbs, we at The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry want you to know about tooth colored fillings, and the advantages that they provide.
Composite resins, porcelain, and ceramic are all filling materials that do an excellent job of matching your natural tooth color, and thus blending in seamlessly, making it virtually impossible to tell that you even have a filling. For most patients, composite resins from our Philadelphia PA dental care will be the idea choice for a tooth colored filling. That’s because it combines cosmetic benefits with strength and durability, meaning they can also be used for your back teeth, where the force of chewing requires those qualities. Our Philadelphia PA dental care will work with you to determine the best option, which can depend on factors such as how long you would like the filling to last, cost considerations, and personal habits. Porcelain, for example, has superior stain resistance. If you are a smoker (or use smokeless tobacco); drink coffee, tea, red wine, or cola; or you eat berries, curry, soy sauce, or hard candies; you are increasing the likelihood of staining your teeth, and consequently your fillings. Porcelain holds up much longer against those types of items.
The goal of our Philadelphia PA dental care is to prevent cavities entirely, but when that’s not possible, it is reassuring to know that you can have fillings that are aesthetically pleasing. To ensure that your cavity doesn’t grow too large and leave you susceptible to infection, call us and arrange a time for your twice-yearly dental exam and teeth cleaning.