FAQ #1 – What Is A Dental Filling?
Dental fillings have been around for a long time and are one of the most common restorative treatments in dentistry. They are mostly used to treat tooth decay and cavities. Once a tooth has been treated and the decay removed, your San Antonio dentist will fill the space left behind with a filling that helps to protect it from further damage. Fillings also help you maintain the functionality of your teeth.
FAQ #2 – Are All Dental Fillings The Same?
Certainly not! In fact, many patients come to Cosmetic Dental Associates to have old dental fillings replaced. In years past, most patients received amalgam, or silver, fillings. However, more and more, patients have been concerned about the small amounts of mercury in amalgam fillings and want to have them replaced with composite fillings.
Another reason patients want their amalgam fillings replaced with composite fillings is because of appearance. The dark silver can often be seen when you smile and speak, and it can make you feel self-conscious because your dental work is made more obvious. Composite fillings use a tooth-colored resin so they’re not noticeable, blending in with your natural teeth.
FAQ #3 – Can Anyone Get A Composite Filling For A Cavity?
Composite fillings aren’t for everyone simply because the size of the cavity makes a difference. If your cavity is too large for a regular filling, for example, a composite filling isn’t an appropriate choice. In cases like this, Dr. Moore at Cosmetic Dental Associates might use a dental crown to restore a damaged tooth and protect it from further decay.
FAQ #4 – What Can I Do To Prevent Tooth Decay And Cavities?
The most effective defense against tooth decay and cavities is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home with daily brushing and flossing and to schedule routine dental cleanings and exams with our team at Cosmetic Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX.