Ankeny, IA, dentist offers composite resin fillings

Using Composite Resin Fillings To Treat Cavities

Tooth decay is a very common oral health concern. Preventive steps such as a consistent oral hygiene routine and regular biannual checkups can help reduce the chances of a cavity developing. However, you will likely experience at least one in your lifetime. When this happens, it is important to treat it as soon as possible. The team at Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA, can help restore your tooth after decay using composite resin dental fillings.

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When Are Fillings Necessary?

Tooth fillings are a restoration done to repair your dental structure after a cavity. It is important to have this done when decay is found to prevent it from worsening. If it is left untreated, it can continue to deteriorate the layers of your tooth which can lead to more severe harm. During a filling, the damaged area is removed, the space is cleaned, and a material is added to the hole left behind. There are many materials available for this process, but we use composite resin in our office due to its lifelike appearance and durability. The space is filled to prevent bacteria from reentering the area and eroding your tooth.

Your dentist may be able to detect a carie during your biannual examination. If one is found, you will need to schedule a restoration as soon as possible. Putting off this treatment could lead to the cavity becoming severe and could require a root canal treatment instead. In more serious cases, removal may be recommended instead to protect your oral health.

Why We Use Composite Resin

Materials such as silver amalgam, gold, or porcelain are commonly used for this restorative process. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In our office, we use composite resin because it is safe for patients, blends in with the natural color of your smile, and can be easily bonded to the tooth. This material can be used for restoration and cosmetic purposes. Composite resin is often used for fillings, and it can also be used to repair minor chips on your tooth’s surface instead of a crown.

If you have intrinsic discoloration or other flaws in your teeth, the material can be added over them to improve the appearance of your smile. This is a minimally invasive treatment that can be completed in one appointment. Many patients choose to pair this method with contouring as well to achieve a more uniform smile. Before starting any cosmetic treatments, you will need to speak with your dentist to ensure this option is suitable for your needs.

Schedule This Restoration Today

 You can call our Ankeny, IA, team today at 515-965-0230. to schedule an appointment. We offer restorative treatments such as fillings, crowns, and more.