Dental Fillings Shore Up Teeth Against Decay
By Exner Dental Care
September 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

FillingsSooner or later, most people experience dental decay - what is commonly called a cavity. While decay is linked to carbohydrate consumption and poor dental hygiene, some individuals get more cavities than other people do.

In fact, the American Academy of Periodontology, the dentists who study and treat gum disease, say that enamel-eating oral bacteria live in everyone's mouth, but some tooth enamel is harder and resists decay. Also, some saliva more effectively washes food particles and biofilm off teeth and gums.

Kinds of Dental Fillings

Given how prevalent cavities are, your Waukesha, WI dentist at Exner Dental is very experienced in the restorative procedure called the dental filling. When they detect an area of decay during an oral exam, either via visual inspection or x-ray, they can remove the diseased area and fill it with one of 4 common materials:

  1. Amalgam: Comprised of mercury, tin, copper and silver, metal fillings are strong and long lasting. Removal of decay and some of the surrounding healthy tooth structure. Cosmetically, amalgam is very noticeable and therefore, more appropriate for back teeth. While some people worry about amalgam's safety, the FDA, ADA and other professional associations and regulatory bodies affirm it as safe.
  2. Gold: The most expensive choice, gold fillings last for years. This kind of filling requires a couple of dental appointments as Dr. Exner takes impressions to craft the restoration.
  3. Porcelain: Also called inlays or onlays, porcelain or ceramic fillings provide excellent aesthetics and longevity to a decayed tooth. The material is bonded and color-matched to surrounding tooth enamel, making the repair virtually invisible.
  4. Composite resin: Often called a tooth-colored filling, this mixture of porcelain and acrylic provides a beautiful and long-lasting repair for small to medium-sized cavities. Dr. Exner layers the composite material into the prepared tooth, hardening each layer with a special curing light to achieve a strong and seamless bond.

Root Canal Therapy and Crowns

With extensive decay, your Waukesha, WI dentist may recommend a porcelain crown to shore up a tooth with extensive decay or multiple old fillings. In other cases where decay has reached the soft inner pulp, they perform root canal therapy to remove the diseased material and seal the tooth in preparation for a large filling or crown.

Fillings Save Teeth

The professional team at Exner Dental recommends regular professional cleanings and check-ups to defend your mouth against dental decay. Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing also removes the plaque and tartar that cause cavities and gum disease.

If Dr. Tom Exner or Dr. A. Charles Exner discover a cavity, rest assured you will receive excellent care and state of the art dental restorations. If you think you need a filling or just want to schedule your routine check-up, call Exner Dental Care for an appointment today: (262) 542-1513.