Dental Fillings – Options For Treating Cavities From Yesterday And Today

Among the most common reasons cited by many dental patients as why they avoid the dentist is the sound of the drill when a cavity is being filled. The irony of this reasoning lies in the fact that often a dental filling can be avoided when a cavity is caught in its earliest stages, usually when symptoms are minor and require less invasive treatment. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, we encourage our dental patients in Vero Beach who may have cavities to ask about the various types of dental fillings that are available today to replace older cavity fillings or for consideration of use in a new cavity.

When it comes to having a cavity filled, it’s important to have a consultation with your dentist to see which dental filling materials will be the best choice for your individual dental needs. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, our dentists take into account the size and location of the cavity, as well as insurance coverage and costs for Vero Beach patients, and any cosmetic considerations that may be a concern for the patient. However, one of the most important factors that affect dental fillings is tooth decay itself, which should be closely monitored for symptoms in children, along with exams performed twice a year for adults.

Today, the materials use for dental filling are much different than in years past when dentists primarily used dental amalgam, the silver-colored fillings made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. While durable and more affordable than other filling materials, dental amalgam tends to lower self-confidence and smiling, as it remains much less aesthetically appealing than natural-looking dental materials. More attractive dental fillings, such as composite resins, are tooth-colored fillings that are a mixture of glass or quartz filler, which provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-sized fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. These resins can be used on front or back teeth.

Dental fillings usually last for many years before they have to be replaced. However, for dental patients in Vero Beach who grind their teeth, dental fillings may have to be replaced sooner. Our dentists at Cromer & Cairns Dental advise patients to have their fillings replaced as soon as possible if they notice signs of wear, such as cracks or worn areas. By continuing to chew with a damaged dental filling, it can cause the tooth to crack and require additional and expensive tooth repairs that may create a separate and painful cavity in your wallet.

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