tooth decayThe goal of homecare is to keep teeth free of decay and to keep the gums healthy. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, tooth decay sometimes wins, resulting in a cavity. Thankfully, however, a tooth with a cavity can be restored with a dental filling. But did you know that there are two types of dental fillings? Your Waco dentist, Dr. Corbet Locke, discusses each type below.

The Role of Dental Fillings

When a tooth succumbs to tooth decay and a cavity develops, the bacteria and the decayed material of the tooth must be removed and the cavity must be filled to ensure the continuing health of the tooth. Otherwise, decay can continue until bacteria reaches and infects the tooth’s pulp (the innermost, nerve-filled part). Once the tooth’s pulp becomes infected, it is in peril of dying, and root canal treatment must intervene to remove the infected pulp and preserve the tooth’s structure. If, however, a dental filling is placed, the bacteria are removed, and the tooth is reinforced to prevent further decay.

Types of Dental Fillings

Contemporary dentistry offers two types of dental fillings: amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings. Amalgam fillings feature a blend of silver, tin, aluminum, zinc, and mercury and are silver in color. Composite resin fillings are made of the same material used for dental bonding and are tooth-colored. Of these two types, your Waco dentist, Dr. Locke, only offer one type of dental filling. Because researchers have debated about the risks of using amalgam fillings because they contain mercury and because amalgam fillings have a tendency to leak and deteriorate over time, Dr. Locke offers only composite resin fillings. In addition to being mercury-free, composite resin fillings offer better cosmetic results and are very durable.

Schedule a Visit with Your Waco Dentist

Do you have a cavity that requires a dental filling? A composite resin filling can restore your tooth structurally and cosmetically. Contact our 76172 dental office today at 254-776-4888 to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Waco dentist, Dr. Locke. We serve patients from Waco, Woodway, McGregor, Hewitt, and surrounding communities.