What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a substance made with composite and ceramic materials that help mimic the actual appearance of the tooth and fill places in the tooth which have been decayed or chipped off. Fillings help restore the function of the tooth. They also help a person gain their confidence back. Unfortunately, dental fillings cannot fix the problem of the missing teeth completely, but they can make up for the tooth structure that has been damaged. There are other dental solutions available for fixing the missing tooth, such as complete replacement or crown fittings.

Preventing Tooth Decay

It is important to clean your teeth at least twice a day in order to prevent premature loss of tooth structure. Tooth decay is a very common problem that occurs due to a variety of factors but primarily due to bacteria and acidic foods. Cleaning your teeth properly by flossing and brushing with toothpaste can help you avoid tooth decay and by extension, dental fillings. Healthy teeth almost never require fillings as their tooth structure remains intact throughout adulthood.

Routine dental check-ups are also necessary as they can detect problems in time and employ proper procedures that can prevent further worsening of the teeth. Treating problems early is better than not knowing and finding out when the damage has already been done. If you’re looking for an oral health professional, Dr. Mina Armanious at Smile at Ashburn Dental is here to serve and provide you with proper and thorough dental care.