Restoring Decayed Teeth
Restoring decayed teeth is important for your ability to chew, speak and smile. When a tooth has decay, the dentist begins by removing the decay. After the decayed area is removed, your tooth’s structure will be somewhat weakened. The goal of placing a restoration onto a decayed tooth is to allow the tooth to be fully functional.
Amalgam fillings are used after a cavity is removed from your tooth. It is an FDA-approved material for restoring the biting surfaces of teeth. Because the amalgam material is strong, it’s often used for large cavities. It can also be used on cavities in your molars. The silver color of the amalgam is less noticeable on these back teeth. The material can withstand the intense forces that occur when your molars come together to chew food.
What Is in an Amalgam Filling?
Dental fillings are the most common method of restoring decayed teeth. There are several types of dental fillings, including amalgam, composite resin and gold. An amalgam filling contains a mixture of silver and has a silvery appearance. Composite resin is colored to match the shade of the rest of your tooth so that the restoration is not noticeable. Gold fillings are strong, durable and resistant to acidic corrosion.
When a tooth has had a large amount of decay, there may not be enough of the natural tooth left to support a filling. In this situation, a crown may be custom-made for your tooth. To construct the crown, the dentist makes impressions of your mouth. The impressions are shipped to a dental lab where your crown is made. The crown is placed over the top of your natural tooth after the dentist prepares it. Crowns can be made from gold, porcelain, fused porcelain and gold, or a composite material.
When a tooth has had severe decay, it may need to be removed. In order to restore a single tooth that had to be removed because of decay, the dentist may implant a small metal post into your jaw. Once your jaw has healed, a customized crown made for you will be placed on top of the post.
Contact the office of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD, today to learn more about the restoration of decayed teeth.