As much as dental technology and treatments have advanced over the years, the specifics of treating most dental conditions are still the same. For instance, if a cavity forms, then removing the bacteria and replacing the infected tooth structure is still the best way to treat it. However, modern dentistry now allows your dentist to fill your cavity while preserving a maximum amount of healthy tooth structure, and without changing the appearance of your tooth. Today, we take a look at tooth fillings as an example of how modern dentistry significantly improves traditional dental health techniques.
Modernizing Dental Fillings
- Despite limited technology and scientific understanding, dental health practitioners have realized for centuries that tooth infection can be removed for the good of the tooth. They also understood that the removed tooth structure must be replaced, and some of the earliest attempts at doing so included materials such as beeswax.
- In more recent centuries, dentists began using more durable and biocompatible materials to provide better results for restoring and protecting teeth. For instance, metal amalgam is an affordable yet reliable material that became the most popular type of tooth filling for over more than a hundred years.
- Today, tooth fillings combine durability with a highly esthetic appearance in the form of tooth-colored composite resin. Like metal, tooth-colored fillings can successfully withstand continuous bite pressure, but can be customized to blend in with your healthy tooth structure. Because the resin can conform more accurately the shape of any cavity, they can also be placed with fewer changes to your tooth structure than ever before possible.
Learn More About the Benefits of Today’s Tooth Fillings
With tooth-colored composite resin, your filling can do more for your tooth and cavity than traditional fillings can, all while blending in discreetly with your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.