Let’s face it, those pearly whites are always under threat from bad dental habits, poor food choices and underlying health concerns. But being diligent in visiting your dentist can certainly give you better options in tooth restoration.
One of the most practical and popular solutions to cracked, worn down or broken teeth is dental filling. This procedure is simple. The area to be treated is first applied with local anesthetic. Then the dentist removes the decayed area using laser or drill. The dentist will then make sure that the decayed part is completely removed and cleaned off.
When the area is free from bacteria and debris, filling is then applied and then cured using a special light. This special light cure makes the filling stick to the natural tooth and hardens each layer. The composite material is then shaped following the natural form of the tooth. To finish the procedure, the exposed layer is polished.
Cosmetic dentistry Houston TX offers several choices when it comes to filling materials. It would be wise to discuss it with your dentist, considering not only durability and comfort but also the patient’s insurance coverage.
Filling materials that may be offered by your dentist are:
*Gold filling – Doesn’t corrode and can last from 10 to 15 years although it can be more expensive than the other available materials. One thing you may consider before choosing this is that it’s not the same color as your natural teeth.
* Silver filling – Can last from 10 to15 years but just like the gold filling, this is not the same color as your natural teeth. It is also cheaper than composite fillings.
* Tooth-colored composites – Match the color of your natural teeth and often used for front teeth. It is not as durable as the gold and silver fillings because it can only last for about five years.
Other tooth-colored fillings are ceramics and glass ionomer. Your dentist should be able to make a sound advice regarding these choices. The decision will be yours though so consider the pros and cons carefully.