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How Dental Fillings Have Changed Throughout History

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Dental fillings close cavities in teeth, following the removal of decayed tooth material. The new filling, then, stops bacteria from entering the tooth, eases pain, and helps prevent further decay.

Dental fillings have been a major part of dentistry for a very long time. Let’s look at how dental fillings have evolved through history. 

Fillings In the Ancient World

In Trieste, Italy, scientists discovered a 6,000-year-old male skeleton with beeswax fillings in his teeth. This is one of the earliest known examples of dental fillings.

Texts, dating a few hundred years later, describe silver paste as a dental resin used to fill cavities.

Fillings During the Renaissance 

The first known dental book, published in 1530, offers ...

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How Fillings Can Fix Cracked or Damaged Teeth

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While dental crowns are the gold standard for repairing broken and damaged teeth, fillings can sometimes make a necessary repair and provide a less costly and less invasive option. Dr. Shane Ruggless offers durable tooth-colored fillings here in our Springfield, IL dental practice.

Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite, consist of plastic and glass particles, which look natural and protect teeth.

Minor Chips and Small Fractures

For anterior (front) teeth, minor chips and small fractures might not compromise the integrity of the tooth. Rather than preparing the tooth for fitting a crown, tooth-colored fillings add to the existing tooth structure, leaving more of your natural tooth structure intact.

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How Dental Fillings Treat Cavities

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Cavities are one of the most common preventable conditions in both adults and children. We take care of fillings in our Springfield, IL dental office using natural-looking tooth-colored composite. 

While a significant reduction in the instances of tooth decay in recent years has helped patients keep their smiles healthy, it is still a common occurrence due to the amount of sugar added to everyday foods.

How Sugar Impacts Oral Health

Bacteria collect on teeth and gums where it is warm and moist. They need fuel to reproduce and the most readily fuel is sugar. The highest quantity of sugar comes from refined sources like candy, soda, ketchup, barbecue sauce, bagels, and breakfast cereals. ...

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Dental Filling Process

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Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. A filling is needed when a tooth begins to decay, and the bacteria in the mouth creates an infection and hole in the tooth. This is called a cavity, and treating it with a filling will prevent more decay from forming in the same area of that tooth. Here is what you can expect for your dental filling process: 

  • Exam: The first step towards a dental filling is your exam. A dentist will examine your teeth and gums and take x-rays to find any issues that you may be experiencing. X-rays allow dentists to see areas of the tooth that ...

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What Causes Cavities?

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Cavities are a common issue today, and even if you keep up with your at-home dental care and dental visits, they can still occur. The best way to ensure that cavities don't turn into more serious issues is to visit your dentist often for exams and cleanings, and for cavity treatments

Knowing what causes cavities can help patients to prevent them. Here's some of the ways cavities develop: 

  • Plaque formation: Once plaque forms on your teeth, it begins to wear your teeth down, and remove some of the things that make your teeth strong, like enamel. This typically begins to form after long periods without ...

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