Composite Fillings keep Middletown smiles healthy and appealingAccording to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 percent of Americans in the 20 to 64 age range have dental caries; 96 percent after age 65. Previously, most people had tooth decay repaired with silver-colored amalgam fillings. Today, patients in the Middletown area have a more attractive alternative. University Dental offers tooth colored composite resin fillings.
Importance of addressing tooth decayTooth decay can develop, even with good dental habits at home. At regular checkup appointments, our trained hygienists use special instruments and techniques to remove bacteria and plaque from spots you cannot see or reach. These visits give the dentist an opportunity to detect tooth decay early – before it causes discomfort, and when it can be treated efficiently and economically.
Tooth decay does not go away on its own. Without treatment, it progresses deep into tooth structure. It looks unsightly, and can result in abscess that causes acute pain and requires root canal therapy or extraction. In severe cases, infection may spread to the jaw bone, or become systemic.
Benefits of composite fillingsComposite fillings are made of plastic shaded to match the color of your teeth, blended with powdered glass for enamel-like luster. Our dentists use modern materials that are suitable for any area of the mouth.
This type of restoration is:
- Aesthetic – Your restored tooth looks completely natural.
- Conservative – The filling is bonded, so less tooth structure has to be removed to hold it in place.
- Easy care – Brush and floss normally.
- Fast – Treatment is completed in one visit.
- Healthy – Composite resin contains no mercury.
- Strong and durable – It resists stains, wear, and breakage.