Cavities are areas of tooth decay that impact the structure of the tooth. Natural tooth enamel is hard and durable, but cavities can cause holes to develop that can become painful and problematic. Dr. Sharon Schindler of Schindler Dentistry in Columbus, Ohio encourages patients to book an appointment if they are exhibiting signs of a cavity. Cavities are often visible to our dentist and can be addressed with fillings.

How fillings work

Fillings are used to help stop the further formation of cavities and to seal up the tooth to ensure no bacteria enters inside. Fillings maintain the tooth’s structure and help in repairing damage caused by cavities. When a cavity is found, the dentist will remove the decayed portions of the tooth before placing a filling made of composite resin bonding. This filling is tooth-colored to ensure seamless integration into the smile.

Why tooth-colored fillings?

In the past, many dentists have used materials in the mouth that are actually harmful to the body. For example, traditional fillings are made of silver amalgam, which are approximately 50% mercury. The problem with these fillings is that they can result in mercury toxicity. Mercury is harmful to the human body, and when used in fillings, it can impact the patient’s overall health and wellness. Instead, we utilize tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin. This material is not only more natural-looking, but it safer for the body. Additionally, these fillings will not expand and contract with temperature changes in the same way amalgam fillings can. This keeps bacteria from entering into the tooth and resulting in an infection later on. Tooth-colored fillings are much more desirable for these reasons.

Are you in need of dental fillings for tooth decay?

Patients of the Columbus, OH area who are faced with cavities need to work with a dental professional who can provide an effective and aesthetic solution for decay. Dr. Sharon Schindler and her team at Schindler Dentistry encourage patients to call the office to book a consultation appointment to learn more. Her facility is conveniently located in Suite 175 at 775 Yard Street and accepts new patients.