Even if you diligently brush and floss every day, there will, unfortunately, be spots on the surface of your teeth that you’ll miss. The plaque will collect in these places, where it can eventually harden into tartar. Regular dental cleanings are important for removing these potentially damaging substances. If it’s allowed to remain on your teeth, the bacteria in plaque can attack your enamel, eventually causing cavities. Once a cavity has appeared, a filling will be needed to prevent further damage to the tooth.
Cavities are fairly common: 92% of Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are a reliable treatment for cavities. They come in a variety of options to address different needs. They can be made of silver amalgam, composite, porcelain, and even gold. Amalgam fillings have been used for more than a century. Though they’re the most cost-effective and are still fairly common, in recent years, they’ve been passed over more often for composite fillings. These fillings are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite and are preferred for their natural appearance and durability. The type of filling material used depends on a number of factors, including size and location of the cavity, as well as what your budget allows.
At Dr. Thurmond’s dental practice in Raleigh, NC, CEREC technology is also available to create your fillings. This technology allows the office to custom-make any single tooth restoration using a digital image.