Dental Fillings

Did you know that tooth decay (or cavities) are the second most prevalent disease in the United States (the first is the common cold). Dental cavities are holes in the teeth caused by dental decay.  You may have a dental cavity if you are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold, sensitivity to sweets and sugar, sensitivity when biting or applying pressure to the tooth or if you can visually see a darkness or color change in the tooth.  Luckily, cavities are  easily fixed with today’s advanced dentistry.  A dental filling or restoration is a simple dental procedure.  If you think you may have a cavity, please give us a call as soon as possible Lakeview Dental Spa (Womack Dental) Phone Number 937-306-1710.  Decay can spread rapidly if left untreated. 

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin fillings are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. The tooth remains intact and stronger. The restoration will match the color of your other teeth making it aesthetically pleasing.

Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

The result is a beautiful smile!

Tooth colored fillings have become increasingly popular due to their aesthetic appearance and durability.  

Dental Amalgam is a commonly used dental filling that has been used for over 150 years. It is a mixture of mercury with at least one other metal. Amalgam has many advantages over other restorative material, such as low cost, strength, durability, and bacteriostatic effects.

Amalgam is used in dentistry for a number of reasons. It is relatively easy to use and manipulate during placement; it remains soft for a short time so it can be packed to fill any irregular volume, and then forms a hard compound. Amalgam possesses greater longevity than other direct restorative materials, such as composite. On average, most amalgam restorations serve for 10 to 12 years, whereas resin-based composites serve less time. However, with recent improvements in composite or tooth colored filling material science and a better understanding of the technique-sensitivity of placement, it should be noted that this difference is rapidly decreasing.

There are circumstances in which composite (white fillings) serves better than amalgam; when amalgam is not indicated, or when a more conservative preparation would be beneficial, composite is the recommended restorative material. These situations would include small occlusal restorations, in which amalgam would require the removal of a more sound tooth structure, as well as in “enamel sites beyond the height of contour.”

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.