Why Tooth Fillings Matter


Tooth decay is the name of the tooth infection that causes cavities, and it’s the most common dental health issue among children and adults alike. Because it’s so common, the fillings that are often used to treat cavities are also among the most commonly performed dental treatments. Today’s tooth fillings are therefore designed to restore teeth quickly, conveniently, and effectively. They’re also designed to improve the appearance of your cavity-stricken tooth and provide better long-term benefits compared to metal fillings.

Fixing Your Cavity

When a cavity forms in your tooth, the hole will continue to grow as tooth decay continues to infect your tooth. The point of a filling is to stop the cavity from growing by cleaning out the infected tooth structure, and then fortifying the tooth with a biocompatible material. The filling also seals the cavity to protect it from harmful oral bacteria and prevent the tooth from becoming infected again. With a tooth-colored filling, your treatment will remain discreet by blending in with the natural appearance of your tooth structure.

Why We Use Composite Resin

Tooth-colored filings are made from biocompatible composite resin, which is a mixture of finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles. One of the more obvious benefits of using resin is their ability to be tinted to match your tooth’s color. However, more importantly, the resin can also be more securely bonded to your tooth’s structure, and since it conforms precisely to the shape of your cavity, it can offer significant protection against harmful oral bacteria in the future.

Find Out if You Need a Tooth-Colored Filling

With a tooth-colored filling, you can successfully treat your cavity while improving your tooth’s appearance. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 285-4153. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.