Tooth decay is the most common chronic dental health issue among children and adults, though fortunately, the condition is typically treated before it can cause severe tooth damage. The cavity, or hole in your tooth, that forms when tooth decay develops can often be restored with a biocompatible filling. To stop the decay from spreading and the cavity from growing, your dentist can carefully clean away the infected tooth tissue and then fill the cavity with durable tooth-colored composite resin. Known as a tooth-colored dental filling, the resin restoration offers a number of cosmetic and restorative benefits by blending in with your tooth while simultaneously restoring its integrity.

How Tooth Fillings Work

When a cavity forms, the decay behind it continues to affect more of your tooth the longer it is left untreated. Because cavities often cause intense tooth pain, patients typically notice the condition and seek treatment before the condition grows too severe. Your dentist can stop the infection by first removing the infected tooth tissues and the bacteria responsible for the decay, then fortifying the tooth by filling the cavity. However, if the infection reaches the tooth’s pulp, or center chamber, then it can compromise the tooth’s nerves and soft tissues, and you may require root canal treatment rather than a tooth filling.

Learn More About Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

If you experience a cavity, or have had a previous cavity treated with a metal filling, then speak with your dentist about the many benefits of choosing a tooth-colored dental filling. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.