Just how common are cavities? Well, 92% of adults in the United States have at least one of them, making cavities a widespread problem. In the past, you only had one choice for repairing tooth decay. But if you have cavities in Spokane Valley, contact Dr. Ellsworth today at 509-850-3217 to get your choice of restorative dentistry: amalgam or composite fillings.
Fix Cavities With Amalgam Fillings
If you had cavities as a child, chances are you received a silvery, metal filling to repair the damage. That was often the only option back then, but amalgam fillings (meaning they are a mix of different metals) are still very useful.
Not only are these covered more often by dental insurance, they are very strong. You tend to use your back teeth to crush food, so any filling there will need to be tough and durable. That’s exactly what you get with amalgam fillings.
Choose Composite Fillings For “Invisible” Repairs
However, not everyone wants the obvious silvery fillings in their teeth. That’s especially true if you have a cavity in your front teeth. Do you want to show metal when you smile?
That’s why you can also get tooth-colored composite resin fillings at Family Dental of Spokane Valley. Before being used, the filling will be made to match the color of the tooth it’s repairing. Once placed, it’s practically invisible! That’s why more and more people have chosen these “invisible” repairs for tooth decay.
They are also very durable. While there might be cases where amalgam fillings are preferred, such as with your molars, composite fillings can often be used in any of your teeth. In fact, Dr. Ellsworth can replace old, silver fillings with tooth-colored ones so your smile is healthy but attractive.
Repair Tooth Decay With Fillings
Why do teeth even get cavities? It comes down to harmful bacteria.
Everyone has some of these in their mouth. They live off tiny particles of food and drink that get stuck to teeth and gums. These bacteria secrete an acid that “burns” away the enamel on your teeth. This is a very slow process, which is why you can get a cavity without realizing it.
Over time, the damage to the enamel grows and becomes a cavity. This weakens your tooth and, if left untreated, can lead to serious tooth pain as the nerves inside the tooth are no longer protected by enamel. The bacteria behind the problem can even get into your gums and give you gum disease.
That’s why it’s so important to have two dental visits each year. Cavities in Spokane Valley will not simply repair themselves. In fact, they get worse! With Dr. Ellsworth’s training and the technology at our dental office, you can catch any cavities while they are still small and easier to repair. Then you just have to pick between amalgam and composite fillings, let the local anesthesia do its job, and walk out knowing your smile is strong again.