A Few Reasons Why Fillings Are Still Popular

Tooth fillings have been around for ages. However, today, the tooth decay they’re meant to treat isn’t as pervasive as it used to be thanks to modern dental care. Nevertheless, cavities and tooth decay are still common, and today’s tooth fillings are designed to offer the most comprehensive benefits while blending in discreetly for optimal cosmetic results. In addition to being the go-to treatment for the most common dental health issue (cavities), tooth fillings are also popular because they’re easy to place and virtually undetectable.

Facts About Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • Tooth decay is an infection in your tooth structure, and a cavity is the hole in your tooth that forms as decay spreads. A tooth filling involves cleaning out the decay and filling your cavity, preferably with tooth-colored composite resin.
  • Before tooth-colored resin, the most popular filling material was metal amalgam, which contains a mixture of trace metals including mercury. Among cosmetic issues like the metal’s appearance against your teeth, amalgam fillings also posed problems for people with metal allergies. They could also damage teeth or expose them to further decay by changing shape over time.
  • Composite resin doesn’t just look natural; it also adheres to your tooth structure better and retains its shape for years. From a dental health standpoint, they offer better results in terms of restoring your tooth and preventing it from becoming infected by decay again.

Learn if You Could Benefit from a Tooth-Colored Filling

Fillings are popular because they effectively treat the most common dental health issue—cavities. Tooth-colored fillings are popular because they do while remaining discreet and improving your smile’s appearance. To learn if you could benefit from a tooth-colored filling, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.