Is your morning routine of enjoying a hot cup of coffee with your coworkers, suddenly being interrupted by uncomfortable sensitivity? Did your attempt to share an ice cream cone on your last date night leave you wincing in pain? If so, you could be struggling with a dental cavity. Cavities affect nearly 90 percent of the adults in America. Fortunately, treatment is often quite simple, and in many cases it is able to offer both fast relief and even cosmetic benefits, as well. That is because modern dental fillings can be made to both protect a tooth made fragile by a cavity, while also improving the smile’s overall appearance. So if you are ready to stop struggling with sensitivity and discomfort, when trying to enjoy your life, it is time to talk to a dentist about the beautiful way he or she could help restore your smile!
Tooth-colored Fillings Can Provide Cosmetic Improvements
While dental fillings were once made predominantly from a metal amalgam, there were several limitations to such treatments. First, they were not a suitable restorative solution for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities. Secondly, the high conductivity level of metal caused many patients discomfort when trying to enjoy their meals. Finally, there were obvious esthetic drawbacks to using noticeable metal fillings to help restore smiles.
Fortunately, modern dental fillings can be made of a much more cosmetically-pleasing and comfortable material, called composite resin.
Other Benefits for Choosing Composite Dental Fillings
Composite resin offers a number of benefits, when compared to metal fillings. First, as the term tooth-colored fillings implies, a composite resin filling is made to closely match a patient’s natural teeth, so that others don’t notice that restorative work has been completed; they only see a beautiful smile. Secondly, this resin actually bonds tightly with teeth, providing great protection against further decay, and it conducts less heat than metal, making it a more comfortable form of restoration for many patients.