The most common reason for a caries is poor oral hygiene. A patient can get a caries at any age. If a patient leaves it untreated, it can progress and it will lead to complications such as pulpitis, periodontitis and even abscess. It’s very crucial that caries is found right in time and treated immediately. It’s harder and more expensive to treat a caries at the late stage of the disease.
The treatment of a caries includes the placing of a filling. Thanks to the new materials used in the modern dental medicine, we are able to conclude the treatment during one visit.
Types of fillings
WHITE FILLINGS (composite fillings) are the most desired fillings by patients. Their color is the closest to the natural color of the teeth. In most of the cases they are the right choice to restore a tooth damage. However there are some disadvantages.
BLACK FILLINGS – There is a wrong impression among the society that black fillings are not good, even harmful and dangerous. That is not true and even a false accusation. Dentists recommend black fillings when white fillings are useless for the patient. Dentists place them mainly on molars when the use of a white filling can damage a tooth.
Caries is an infectious teeth disease. It affects 95% of the people. At an early stage the patient does not complain about any pain. However, at a late stage come the first symptoms – sensitivity caused by chemical and physical irritation (hot, cold, sweet, sour). Treatment includes first removing damaged dental tissue and then placing a filling.
There is no proof that caries is a contagious disease. But one thing is for sure, if you have a lot untreated teeth, the chance of getting a new caries is much bigger. In many countries, including the USA, is considered that caries is a contagious disease and it can be transmitted to other people even by a kiss.
Esthetic, the quality of the white filling is much better than the one of the black filling. White filling is more beautiful. It has its advantages, but it also has some disadvantages.
It’s very strong individual how long a filling will last. There are many factors responsible for that. First it is important to know whether it is a black or a white filling. It’s important to know on which tooth will the filling be placed, or how does the patient take care of the teeth and others. You will get more precise information by the visit of your doctor.