The most common dental problem that we see is the development of decay. Known in dentistry as a carious lesion, and known by patients as a cavity, when the patient has developed decay, we can remove it and repair the small hole with the composite filling material. At Smiles of Tulsa, we understand that our patients want a dental restoration that blends with their teeth, allowing it to be hidden. Composite fillings are the material of choice when seeking a durable product that is colored to match your teeth. We use this filling material to fill teeth following the removal of decay, and also to make simple repairs of chips and fractures. A member of our team, including Corbyn VanBrunt, DDS, will examine your needs and help you decide if composite material is right for you.
Dental Fillings for CavitiesWhen a patient has decay in their teeth, we need to remove it. Decay is bacteria that is eating away at your teeth. We want to remove the bacteria, and then fill the enamel to restore your tooth to health. We can fill the holes with one of two very different materials, either amalgam filling, known for its silver color, or composite filling, known for being able to match your tooth coloring.
Amalgam vs Composite Filling
Dental Bonding with Composite FillingBesides filling cavities, the composite filling material is also used to make simple repairs. We can use it to repair teeth that have been:
To improve the life expectancy of your tooth fillings, and protect your teeth, don’t chew on ice, eat taffy, or smoke tobacco. Brush and floss your teeth, including after they have been restored, daily, and visit the dentist regularly. Don’t ignore tooth pain. Taking care of your cavities when they are small is a good investment, larger cavities may require more extensive work, or even the use of a dental crown, which is more time consuming and costly.
Our staff is here to assist you in scheduling appointments and answering your questions. For more information contact Smiles of Tulsa at our Tulsa location. (918) 891-3059