Find out why our LaGrange, IL, general dentist turns to tooth-colored fillings to restore cavities.
We know that finding out that you have a filling isn’t the best news; however, our LaGrange, IL, family dentist Dr. James Maragos has ways to restore the tooth so it looks good as new. In the past, dental fillings were often made from amalgam and other materials that were quite visible, but now we can restore the tooth with a material that no one will even notice.
What is a dental filling?
When our LaGrange, IL, general dentist spots decay during your routine cleaning this doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to remove the decay right away. If the decay is minor we may be able to monitor it to make sure it doesn’t get worse.
Of course, if decay has already affected the integrity of the tooth then it’s time to have it removed. Once the decayed areas of the tooth have been removed we will need to rebuild these areas of the tooth.
What are the benefits of dental fillings?
While dental fillings can be made from different materials, our LaGrange, IL, dentist most often uses tooth-colored fillings made from porcelain or composite resin, which will blend in with the rest of the tooth. No one will be able to see your dental filling when you smile.
Another benefit of a dental filling is that it can almost fully restore a tooth after it’s been damaged by decay. By placing a filling after the decay has been removed we can ensure that the tooth is strong and able to without the extreme chewing forces of the jaws.
Amalgam fillings also can expand under temperature changes, which can put unnecessary pressure on a tooth. Over time, this can increase the chances of a crack or fracture. Tooth-colored fillings will not expand, making them a safer option.
If you are experiencing a toothache or symptoms of a cavity it’s important that you turn to our dental office in LaGrange, IL, for the immediate care you need to restore your smile. Call us today to learn more about the other dental services we offer or to schedule an appointment.