If you’re an adult and you’ve had at least one cavity in your life, then you are among the over 90% of the adult population in America that has also been affected by tooth decay. If caught early, tooth decay can typically be treated and stopped before it causes irreversible damage, and the most common treatment for mild tooth decay is a dental filling. However, if your filling doesn’t fit correctly, then it will not only be unable to save your tooth, but may also increase the risk to your overall dental health.
The Need for Custom Tooth Fillings
A tooth filling is a versatile dental procedure, and can be used for a number of reasons besides treating tooth decay. Because the material used (composite-resin) is matched to your natural tooth color, it offers an esthetically pleasing solution to more than one dental issue, such as repairing cracked or broken teeth. The same material can also be used for a cosmetic dental bonding, where the material is spread on the surface of the tooth, hardened, and then shaped to match the look of your smile. When tooth decay affects your tooth, removing the decay is a necessity. Replacing the decayed tissue with a dental filling can help retain what’s left of your healthy tooth structure. Tooth-colored composite resin offers a discrete solution so you don’t have to worry about flashing metal every time you smile.
Is a Dental Crown a Better Option?
At Syosset Dental, we perform every step, from diagnosing your tooth decay to designing and placing your filling, with extreme care to ensure that your restoration fits properly. However, if your tooth is more severely damaged or infected then your previous dentist realized, then your filling may not seem like a good fit. After a thorough examination, your dentist can determine if a more involved restoration, such as a dental crown, is a better option for restoring your tooth and the proper function of your bite.
Custom-Designed Tooth-Colored Fillings
With a custom-designed dental filling, your dentist can help ensure that an infected tooth is properly and effectively treated. To learn more, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.