No one wants a cavity, but composite fillings allow you to receive treatment that is significantly less detectable than treatment with fillings containing metal. Composite fillings are made of a resin material that can bond to your enamel, and is strikingly similar in appearance to a natural tooth. If you are worried that you may have a cavity, you should visit your dentist for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. If you leave a cavity untreated, the decay can pass through your enamel, and enter the pulp. If this occurs, a filling may not be sufficient to restore your tooth.
Why Use Metal-Free Fillings?
Because composite fillings bond directly to your tooth, your dentist can leave more of your healthy tooth intact when the filling is placed. The resin used for composite fillings is also closer in appearance to your natural tooth, so your appearance is less affected. The composite material is adequately durable to be a suitable long-term solution for restoring a tooth after a cavity treatment.
Delaying Cavity Treatment Can Result In More Invasive Treatments
When tooth decay is not addressed, it puts the overall health of your tooth in jeopardy. A cavity can destroy so much of your tooth that a filling will not provide enough support. An advanced cavity will likely require a root canal treatment. If a root canal treatment is needed to clear decay from the pulp of a tooth, your dentist may recommend placing a dental crown over that tooth. A dental crown covers a weakened tooth, and is strong enough to handle the responsibilities of biting and chewing.