By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
July 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a cracked or decaying tooth, don't ignore the problem. Let Dr. Mazhar Butt, your dentist in Carbondale, IL, restore it with lifelike Autumnal-Smilefilling material. Tooth-colored and wear-resistant, composite resin fillings perform well and actually beautify teeth located anywhere in the mouth.


The trouble with tooth decay

Cavities plague Americans of all ages. In fact, the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research says that 92 percent of American adults ages 20 to 64 have experienced tooth decay.

When untreated, decay leads to toothache pain, infection and tooth loss. Tooth loss impacts facial appearance, self-confidence and the strength of remaining teeth, gums, and bone in the jaw.


How tooth-colored fillings help

Today's filling materials restore those holes in tooth enamel and look perfectly natural. Instead of metal amalgam, Dr. Butt uses composite resin for small to moderately-sized cavities. This blend of glass particles and acrylic mimics a tooth's natural flexibility and durability. The resin is easy to work with as your Carbondale, IL, dentist layers it into the prepared site.

A UV light cures the layers, tightly bonding them directly to tooth enamel. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, composite resin takes on the shape of the remaining healthy enamel so there are no weak spots to fracture or collect plaque and bacteria. Composite resin reinforces tooth structure and requires less enamel reduction than metal fillings do.

Porcelain fillings restore larger cavities on back teeth. Installed between the cusps of a molar (inlay) or on top of the cusps (onlay), these ceramic restorations bond directly to the prepared sites.

Lastly, Dr. Butt may advise a glass ionomer filling. This material contains sustained-release fluoride and a glass-like material. It works well for the tongue- and cheek-side surfaces of teeth and also on exposed roots which are prone to decay.


Trust that cavity to Dr. Butt

While no one wants a cavity, you can rely on Dr. Mazhar Butt and his team to restore any tooth decay with quality materials and exceptional professional skill. To prevent decay, practice good at-home care, and come see your dentist in his Carbondale, IL, office twice yearly for a professional cleaning and examination.

Is it time for your check-up? Contact the office today for an appointment: (618) 457-2123.