Dental fillings are some of the most common treatments that we provide at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry in Layton. Fillings were once made mainly from metal alloys that typically looked silver-colored in your mouth. Today, most fillings are made from composite resin that can match your tooth color almost perfectly. In fact, a small filling performed by an experienced dentist can be almost invisible to the naked eye.
While you would certainly rather avoid dental fillings if you could, there are certain times when a filling is necessary and can improve your dental health. Here are some times when we may choose a dental filling for your own benefit.
When You Have Beginning Tooth Decay
Many practitioners recommend having a small filling when the beginnings of decay are noted on the tooth enamel. These areas are often called caries, and, if left to themselves without treatment, they can turn into cavities that are deep and uncomfortable.
When You Have a Cavity
A cavity is the next step in the process of tooth decay. At this point, it is more than just your enamel that is affected because the decay will extend into your dentine, which is the softer part of your tooth.
When You are Having Pain
A cavity may result in pain and an aching feeling in your mouth if the dentine or the more sensitive root area is involved. If you have suddenly developed tooth sensitivity or pain, you may need a filling to ensure that the area does not worsen.
When You Have a Chipped or Broken Tooth
If you have been injured in some way that affected your tooth, a composite resin filling can restore the shape and symmetry or your tooth and cover over any sensitive areas. With these dental fillings, we can ensure that they look just like the rest of your teeth.