When oral bacteria grow strong enough to affect your teeth, they produce acids that erode your tooth enamel so they can reach the tooth’s inner structure. The condition, known as tooth decay, leaves a hole called a cavity in its wake. Dental fillings are designed to fill the cavity and replace the damaged part of your tooth structure, stopping the decay while simultaneously restoring the tooth’s strength and integrity. At our office, we utilize a biocompatible composite resin that not only effectively fills your cavity, but also blends in discreetly with your tooth structure to help your tooth maintain its healthy, natural appearance.
Traditionally, dental fillings have been made from a mixture of metals known as amalgam. Metal fillings were popular because they’re durable enough to withstand consistent, intense pressure from your bite. Today, however, advanced composite resin offers the same protection for your tooth, and in many cases, is more effective at preventing the tooth from suffering further decay. In addition to being tinted to match your tooth’s color, composite resin can also be bonded to your tooth structure with more reliability, making a tighter and more effective seal against harmful oral bacteria.
Cavities are common, and treating them is a priority for Dr. Young. Tooth-colored fillings can improve your smile’s appearance as well as restore its health. To learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.