How Does a Filling Restore a Tooth?

The bad thing about cavities is that, despite being highly preventable, they can also develop much easier and faster than you might realize. This is partly what makes tooth decay (the cause behind cavities) the most common chronic concern for people’s smile. However, the good news is that cavities progress, meaning they’re still relatively minor when they first develop. With the help of a conservative, biocompatible tooth filling, you may be able to restore the cavity-stricken tooth comfortably and with highly satisfactory results.

How a cavity affects your tooth structure

The problem with a cavity is in the nature of its development, and what it means for your natural tooth structure once one develops. It’s the result of tooth decay, which is an infection in your natural tooth structure that’s caused by certain harmful types of oral bacteria. When tooth decay forms and starts to erode your tooth structure, the depression (or hole) in your tooth that forms as a result is known as a cavity. This hole not only marks the progression of your tooth decay, but also the loss of healthy, natural tooth structure and the diminished integrity of the affected tooth.

What restoring the tooth requires

When you develop tooth decay, the lost tooth structure that was in the path of the cavity can have serious implications for the tooth’s health and integrity. To restore the tooth, your dentist will first have to stop the decay from progressing any further, then restore the structure that was lost in order to help the tooth regain its strength. For mild to moderate cavities, this can often be accomplished by placing tooth-colored, biocompatible resin in the cavity after the decay has been removed.

How modern tooth fillings save teeth

Modern tooth fillings are often crafted from biocompatible resin for several reasons. One of the most notable ones is the more lifelike and cosmetically appealing appearance of the resin material compared to more traditional metal amalgam. Unlike metal, composite resin can be tined to the unique color and shade of the tooth that’s to receive the filling, making your restoration discreet as well as highly effective at stopping your cavity’s further development.

Learn if a filling can restore your tooth

A cavity can strike and threaten your tooth at any time, but with a tooth-colored filling, you can restore the tooth with highly discreet results. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.