Cavities are a surprisingly common dental health condition. How common? About 90% of all adults report having at least one cavity. Genetic and lifestyle factors can influence cavities, but filling them is the best way to prevent an abscess or similar severe condition once you have them. Thanks to the high-quality tooth-colored fillings we offer at Sopris Smiles, we can seal those cavities and not leave a trace.
When you have a cavity, your dentist needs to remove the decayed portion of the tooth to prevent the damage from spreading. Once the decay is removed, there’s an opening that remains. Fillings are the substances and materials used to seal this opening and stop bacteria from settling in the area.
Traditionally, fillings were made from metallic materials like silver or gold. However, those materials made the treatment area very noticeable. Tooth-colored fillings are made from substances that match the color of your teeth, like porcelain or composite resins. By matching the color of your tooth, these fillings do not leave a trace of the treatment, eliminating the need to hide your smile.
As with any dental restoration, the better care you take of your teeth, the longer the dental fillings can last. With careful hygiene, tooth-colored fillings can last anywhere between 10 and 12 years.
If you need a dental restoration, choose the Sopris Smiles team for a seamless treatment. Give us a call today to get started!