Cavities are common for many reasons. For example, no one can perfectly clean their teeth every day, every time, and missed spots of plaque can hide bacteria that lead to tooth decay. Also, cavities and the tooth decay that causes them can begin to develop long before you notice them. By the time you visit your dentist, you may already need treatment to stop the cavity and restore your tooth. At our office, we can often treat cavities using biocompatible resin, which allows us to create tooth-colored fillings that restore your tooth’s health as well as its natural appearance.
1. It’s more biocompatible than metal
Tooth-colored composite resin is a mixture of biocompatible materials, such as finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles. Unlike traditional filling materials, it contains no traces of metal, making them a safer option for a wider variety of patients (including those with metal allergies). Our goal is always to provide minimally invasive treatment that promotes better immediate and long-term oral health. With more biocompatible fillings, we can fulfill that goal for one of the most common ailments to affect patients of all ages.
2. It blends in with your tooth’s natural appearance
Biocompatible composite resin is referred to as tooth-colored because it can be highly customized the match the unique color and shade your healthy tooth structure. This means that, unlike a metal filling, it won’t shine noticeably against your teeth every time you speak and smile. Their highly lifelike appearance is one of the most notable benefits of tooth-colored fillings, and is heightened by the fact that the resin conforms precisely to the shape of your cavity. In addition to making your filling more discreet, this also offers a wealth of advantages for protecting the long-term health and integrity of your tooth.
3. It reduces the risk of needing further treatment
Just like tooth decay and cavities can develop from the smallest mistakes, they can progress and become more serious if given even a little extra time. The point of filling a cavity is to stop its progression and preserve the rest of your healthy tooth structure, and with composite resin, we can help ensure that bacteria don’t reinfect the tooth. Composite resin can be bonded securely to your healthy tooth structure, and because it conforms precisely to your cavity, it can create a tight, durable seal against harmful oral bacteria. This reduces your risks of the tooth becoming infected again and require more extensive treatment.
Learn about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings
Modern fillings are often made from biocompatible resin that not only treats your cavity, but also helps restore your tooth’s healthy, natural appearance. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.