We all know that tooth decay is no fun. And while we may not like going to the dentist to get a cavity filled, it’s definitely better than the alternative. But what exactly are those tooth-colored fillings made of?
It turns out, there are a few secrets your dentist may not be telling you about resin tooth filling. Let’s explore five of those secrets about what is really going into your teeth.
- They Are Metal-Free
Composite resin fillings consist of ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Metal fillings can eventually discolor the tissues around them, resulting in darker-colored teeth.
- Removing Fillings Can Actually Lead to More Dental Work
Every time you have dental work, things need to heal. Most importantly, placing and replacing fillings can cause irritation to the nerves in your teeth. After treatment, patients often experience sensitivity or other issues during the healing process. Replacing fillings can bring the need for additional treatments so it is important to consider if you want to replace or remove the fillings..
- The Average American Has at least Three Fillings
It’s not something to feel bad or ashamed about! Adults in America have an average of three dental fillings per person. Many patients have multiple fillings completed in one visit! It is way more common than you would think.
- Decay Can Continue Under the Filling
While dental fillings solve the problem after the cavity has set in, it doesn’t prevent the threat of further tooth decay. There is still a natural tooth under the filling, so poor dental hygiene allows for plaque to build up and cause damage. Implementing better oral hygiene is essential when even caring for fillings.
- Dental Fillings Are Not Expected To Be Permanent
A resin tooth filling can last a long time, but you can have one fall out. That’s because the bond begins to weaken over time. So it is normal to replace an old filling and for fillings to need to be removed.