Composite dental fillings keep Edmonton, AB smiles healthy
Health Canada reports that 59 percent of kids aged 12 to 19 have had at least one cavity, and 96 percent of adults have a history of tooth decay. Dr. Jerome Caouette at South Central Dentistry in Edmonton, AB believes that most patients would rather not show the world where they’ve had cavities. He offers dental fillings made of a composite material that blends beautifully with natural dentition.
THE PURPOSE OF A FILLING
A tooth is covered with a layer of enamel, the hardest material in the human body. However, enamel is not impervious.
- Oral bacteria feast on sugars and starches in bits of food debris.
- As these organisms eat, they produce acids that get trapped in microscopic pits and crevices, eroding enamel.
- This allows bacteria to invade, spreading decay deeper into the tooth.
A filling is placed into a prepared tooth to halt the progress of decay, and to restore strength and function.
COMPOSITE VS. AMALGAM
Since the 1800s, amalgam has been used for fillings. This silver-coloured alloy is a combination of metals with mercury as a binding agent. Amalgam is strong and durable. However, it is readily apparent in the smile.
Dr. Caouette recommends a natural-looking alternative – composite resin filling material. This is a plastic compound color-matched to your teeth. It contains finely-powdered glass for enamel-like reflective qualities. Modern composites are strong enough for any area of the mouth, resist stains, and last many years with good oral habits.
The hygiene team at South Central Dentistry in Edmonton, AB will do everything in their power to help you enjoy a cavity-free mouth. However, if you should ever experience tooth decay, be assured it can be restored with composite dental fillings that are indiscernible, for a healthy, attractive smile.
New patients are welcome. Call (780) 757-3723 to schedule an appointment.