If you suffer from tooth decay and have a cavity or cavities. Dr. Turner’s office will schedule you to get a filling or fillings. In severe cases of tooth decay, an extraction may be called for.
Cavities and fillings are more common in children, but changes happen with aging that can make fillings necessary for adults, too. Improvements in oral hygiene and the use of sealants in children continue to reduce the number of fillings children need.
For older adults, decay around the edges, or a margin, of existing fillings is relatively common. Because many older adults lacked the benefits of fluoride and modern preventive dental care when they were growing up, they often have a number of dental fillings. Over the years, these fillings may weaken and tend to fracture and leak around the edges. Bacteria can accumulate in these tiny crevices, allowing acid to build up which leads to tooth decay.
Composite Resin Fillings
That’s where tooth-colored fillings, or composite resins, come in. They provide good durability and are good alternatives in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They are a good choice for people who want their fillings to look more natural.
The best filling is no filling at all. Good oral hygiene can dramatically reduce the risk of cavities and the need for fillings.