Are White Fillings Biocompatible?
Posted September 5, 2014 by Wager-Evans Dental
Tooth decay is the result of a bacterial infection. The other common term for these holes in teeth is cavities. Decaying teeth which are left untreated result in very little natural tooth structure remaining. The tooth will possibly loosen and fall out, or otherwise cause an abscess or jaw infection and require extraction. That’s why when you have a cavity, it must be professionally cleaned and filled to stop the germs in their tracks. Regular cleanings and dental checkups, along with daily oral hygiene, can prevent oral infection, and identify cavities at the earliest possible stages.
Metal (primarily gold or amalgam) was the material of choice for dental restorations for many years in the past century. Crowns, inlays, onlays, and fillings have all transitioned from metal materials to composite resin or porcelain. These versatile materials are readily available in the natural color of your teeth. Composite resin is also fairly inexpensive. A plastic based material, composite fillings begin in a pliable form which can be molded to fit the hole left from the cavity. When exposed to a curing light, the material hardens to provide a strong restoration that flawlessly blends in with the rest of your smile.
When tooth decay advances enough that it requires more structure a dental crown, inlay, or onlay might be necessary. Inlays and onlays provide strength which lies between a filling and a crown. Unlike fillings, these restorations are prefabricated out of ceramic material. Sizing and shape is based on your measurements and impressions. Fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns are all biocompatible, meaning your body will not reject them. This makes these restorations a great solution for allergy issues or mercury concerns.
Are you overdue for a dental checkup and cleaning? Don’t let plaque wreak havoc on your dental health. To schedule your checkup, cleaning, or consultation with Dr. Wager or Dr. Evans, call Wager Evans Dental in Reno, NV today at 775-829-7700.