iStock_000005055439Small_1It’s almost certain everyone will have to deal with the most basic of dental maladies—cavities. If left unaddressed, cavities can cause much more widespread tooth decay and oral pain. Fortunately since they are such a common issue, dental technology and procedure is quite advanced in dealing with these unwanted enamel intrusions. One such technique is fillings.

When a cavity is removed, ensuring the infected portions of the tooth no longer remains, it can leave an open space that not only threatens the structural integrity of the tooth but can make it easier for infection and decay to once more take root. A filling fixes this by replacing the lost tooth materials with a wide variety of available substances.

Traditional fillings are often metal, such as silver and gold. More aesthetic options include ceramics, and resins, and offer the same benefits as metal fillings but blend into the tooth more easily.

Here in Milwaukie if you ever find yourself in a situation where a filling is necessary, it’s best to weigh your budget and maintenance needs with the following pros and cons:

  • Cost – Some filling materials are far more expensive and upfront procedure costs may be higher.
  • Aesthetics – Certain fillings blend in with enamel much more easily and on casual observation, it may appear that the tooth is perfectly normal. Other materials make it quite obvious that the tooth has been treated.
  • Durability – Filling materials that either cost less or blend in with the tooth may not be as durable as other options.

Fillings can cause side-effects such as tooth sensitivity and may require re-treatment or reapplication in following years. However, when faced with preventing further tooth decay, they are an undeniably proven solution.

Learn more about dental fillings and how they can help improve your oral health. Contact Anderson Family Dental today!