Dental Fillings Of The FutureTuesday, May 1st, 2012, 10:01 pm
Scientists at the University of Maryland are working on dental fillings that may change filling cavities in the future. The new fillings are designed with special antibacterial agents that kill harmful bacteria in the tooth and regenerate tooth structure lost to decay.
A dental cavity happens when the mineral content of the tooth has been dissolved by acids secreted by oral bacteria that live in the plaque on tooth surfaces. Even when the dentist removes the decay from the tooth there are still some bacteria left behind. The new nanocomposite filling material is designed to destroy remaining bacteria and also help rebuild tooth minerals.
Dental fillings have come a long way since the old mercury based amalgam fillings of yesteryear. While this new dental filling material at the University of Maryland is still in the research stage the tooth colored composite fillings used today are far superior to those old silver fillings. Not only do new composite fillings avoid mercury exposure for both dentist and patient, they are long lasting and don’t expand and contract when exposed to hot or cold substances like old style fillings did. This expansion and contraction often led to cracked fillings or even broken teeth. Because composite fillings are the same color as your teeth no one will ever know you had a cavity! Your smile remains beautiful even when laughing out loud!
Visit Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA for your next dental check up. Please contact us immediately at 706-886-9439 today if you are experiencing tooth pain or think you might have a cavity. We are a full-service dental practice and you will not be referred out of the office for specialized care.