If you have been told by your dentist that you have a cavity, it means that some portion of your tooth structure is showing signs of decay. The only way to combat this decay without risking it getting worse is to have your dentist remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then to replace the area of the tooth that was removed with a filling material. When doing this, one of the best options you have for filling a tooth is to opt for porcelain fillings.
Filling materials are available in a wide array of materials, including silver amalgam, gold, composite and porcelain. In years past, silver amalgam were the most popular types of fillings seen, since they were easy to do and relatively inexpensive. However, issues arose over time with this filling material due to the fact that cracks and fissures often occurred over time, allowing bacteria to re-enter the tooth structure and cause additional decay. Additionally, cause for concern arose over the fact that there were small amounts of mercury in the silver material.
Today’s dentists are choosing more and more to offer their patients porcelain fillings since they provide a number of benefits over other filling materials. For one, they are the most aesthetically-pleasing option since a tooth filled with a porcelain material is virtually indistinguishable from one that has not had any amount of tooth decay and does not contain a filling. Not only can the porcelain material be matched to the natural color of the surrounding tooth so that it seamlessly blends in, but porcelain has similar reflective properties to tooth enamel so light bounces off of the material in much the same way, making it an extremely natural tooth filling option.
In addition to offering a more aesthetically-pleasing option, porcelain fillings also offer a stronger and more durable option. In fact, with proper care, these fillings can be expected to last a lifetime. In contrast, silver fillings generally have to be replaced periodically because any small fissures in the material can provide an entry point for debris and bacteria to enter and cause additional decay. Since more extensive dental work has to be done to restore a tooth that has additional decay, this is not something you want to happen. That’s why it’s important to replace any fillings that have cracks or fissures as soon as possible.
While a lot of people that have new cavities occurring in their teeth opt to have their teeth filled with porcelain, many others are also choosing to replace their existing silver amalgam fillings with porcelain fillings. Some are going through this process once their dentist notices signs of wear on their older fillings, while others are simply doing it for aesthetic reasons, regardless of whether their old fillings are still in good shape or not.
If you have a cavity that needs to be filled by your dentist, consider porcelain fillings for the aesthetic benefits, as well as the strength and durability they offer. This filling material will help you halt tooth decay in its tracks for a long time to come without detracting from your smile.
For more information about porcelain fillings, contact Gentle Dental in Queens at 718-461-0100.