Teeth that are damaged by decay hurt when you chew and detract from your smile. Our priority at Quarry Hill Family Dental is to remove the decay and protect the tooth from further damage with a tooth-colored dental filling that restores your oral health while maintaining its natural appearance.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are also called dental composites or composite fillings because they are made of a blend of glass and resin particles. The result is a repair that blends seamlessly with the tooth.
The composite material allows our team to match the filling material with the shade of your teeth so the filling will be unnoticeable. Aesthetics are especially important for fillings that will be visible in the front area of your mouth. By using the correct shade and techniques, you will not even be able to detect which tooth Dr. Jarrett completed a filling on.
What Causes Cavities?
The simple answer to what causes decay is sugar. Without sugar present, cavities are unable to form. This is because there are certain bacteria that exist in your mouth that “eat” sugar and create an acid waste. This acid waste then breaks down your tooth and causes a cavity to form.
Why Do Some People Never Have Cavities?
You may know someone who has never had a cavity in their life. This is the result of both good oral hygiene and genetics. It is likely they do not have any of the bacteria present in their mouth that eat sugar and cause cavities.
Why Do You Treat a Cavity?
Once a cavity has formed, it is essential to have Dr. Jarrett remove it as soon as possible because:
- The cavity will continue to grow and deteriorate your tooth until the decay is removed./li>
- The longer the cavity remains in your mouth, the more this “sugar eating” bacteria will grow and likely cause other cavities.
- If your cavity reaches the nerve of your tooth, you will then need a root canal and crown on that tooth.
- If a cavity becomes too large and breaks down too much of your tooth structure, a crown will be needed.
- For the most severe cases where your entire tooth has been broken down, your tooth may need to be extracted.
How To Prevent Cavities
Our team knows it is unrealistic for most people to avoid sugar completely in their everyday diet. There are several habits you can develop to help prevent cavities from forming while continuing to enjoy the foods you love.
- Brush your teeth at least twice per day and whenever possible after meals
- Floss at least once per day to clean between your teeth
- Avoid snacking on foods containing sugar
- Avoid sipping on drinks or coffee containing sugar
- Avoid sucking on cough drops or hard candies that contain sugar
- Visit our office for regular dental exams and cleanings
- Use fluoride in your toothpaste, mouthwash and drinking water
- Chew sugar-free gum, especially after meals when you cannot brush your teeth
Call us today to make an appointment with Rochester, MN dentist Dr. Jarrett to have your fillings completed!
Composite vs. Amalgam
When you need to have a filling completed, Dr. Jarrett can use composite or amalgam material. Both types of material provide an adequate filling, but there are significant differences between the two.
- Matches your tooth’s natural color
- Provides strength to your tooth by bonding with your tooth structure
- Allows for the smallest amount of tooth structure to be taken away when removing the cavity
- Less sensitive to hot and cold
- Can be placed in the presence of moisture, so it is not as important to keep the tooth area dry during placement.
- Does not match your tooth’s natural color
- Does not bond to tooth material requiring more tooth structure to be removed during a filling
- When used on large fillings it can increase the risk of your tooth cracking
- More likely to be heat and cold sensitive