Removing decay and filling the cavities is the most common dental restoration. A majority of people will require this procedure at some point in their life. At Posh Dental we understand the importance of not only removing harmful bacteria but for Dr. Gabriel to then seal the space off to prevent further bacteria from gaining access.
A cavity is a term that is frequently used in dentistry. They occur when bacteria from plaque build up on our teeth comes into contact with food and drinks that we consume. Together, the bacteria will then create an acid, and that acid dissolves the hard enamel layer of our teeth. As the minerals of the enamel break down, a cavity is created. If left untreated, the problem will continue to rage and can leave us in much pain, particularly if the cavity extends deep into the tooth, reaching the inner pulp. What many patients do not understand is that this is a bacterial infection, not a virus, so it can not heal on its own until the source of the infection is removed.
Dr. Gabriel will remove the source of the infection and then repair the damage done to the enamel, closing up the tooth, helping to shield your tooth from bacteria entering.To seal the tooth, there are four different materials available, of which we are happy to discuss the many pros and cons. The four materials are gold, amalgam, porcelain or composite filling.
Known as an inlay, gold fillings are fabricated in a dental lab. They would be similar to a piece of a dental crown in concept, not large enough to entirely encase a tooth, but a customized gold piece designed to rest over a tooth. Patients may choose this option because gold has a very similar texture to your natural tooth, which many patients find to be more comfortable, and should last you over twenty years.
Amalgam is a standard material used to fill cavities in teeth. It begins as a soft, almost putty-like consistency that we can mold to fit the spot. Once molded, Dr. Gabriel can then harden it in place. Amalgam is most noted by its dark silver color. Many patients do not like the dark coloring, but amalgam remains the most durable, long-lasting product in comparison to cost.
Porcelain fillings are also known as inlays, they are customized to the patient and then fabricated in a dental lab. Patients like the look of this product, as it most resembles their natural teeth in color and translucency. Porcelain is a great material but is subject to breakage when used with abnormal force, such as chewing ice, hard candies or more.
Composite fillings are rapidly becoming the filling material of choice by most patients. Composite is made using a blend of quartz that has been mixed with resin, giving it a strong hold. It begins as putty like consistency that Dr. Gabriel can shape to fit your tooth. Patients love that composite can be shaded to match your teeth. Though composite is not the most durable, it is very durable, much more so than composite blends from years past. Most patients will find that they can continue using their composite filling for at least ten years.