If you are the average United States resident, you may already be familiar with dental fillings. Cavities are a very common dental problem, and you have likely had to get a few teeth restored at some point in your life. Dr. Stewart and his staff in Livonia, MI, offer life-like fillings that blend in with your smile and restrengthen your tooth after damage. In a recent blog, we explained what to expect when going in for a filling treatment. Today we’re here to explain the benefits of the materials we use in our office in comparison to other options.
Restoration Improves The Function Of Your Tooth
Above everything else, returning the function to your teeth is the most important aspect of restoration. Our tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, which has several benefits for your oral cavity. First, it does not contain harmful materials like mercury. In the past, this could be found in amalgam. This is considered safe in small amounts and is even used in some fillings today, but some patients may be more sensitive to this. Reducing mercury has several health benefits, which is why we avoid it in our office.
Composite resin also helps insulate the tooth from more intense hot or cold temperatures, allowing for less sensitivity when eating or drinking certain foods. If you have ever gotten a gold filling, you may have experienced the discomfort of being able to feel heat or coldness in your mouth due to your filling. This can make eating certain things difficult.
The Appearance Of Your Smile Will Benefit, Too
Composite is made of a mix of resin and powdered glass. Due to the nature of its composition, the shade of the filling can be picked out to match the rest of your smile. This is an added cosmetic benefit because you won’t have to worry about other people noticing that you have gotten this restoration done.
This option is also wonderfully durable and can last for several years. If the area is damaged, you will be able to have it repaired with ease. This can help ease your dental-related anxieties.
Caring For Your Fillings
Make sure to practice proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice a day for two minutes can help decrease your risk of cavities so that you do not need fillings in the future. It is also recommended that you visit the dentist twice a year as well. These checkups can help monitor for early signs of tooth decay, which can be reversed with proper preventive measures.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
If you have tooth decay, take care of it today. Please contact us at (734-425-4400) your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart at our Livonia office for restoration and more.