When cavities appear, it is important to take action immediately to stop tooth decay in its tracks and prevent further damage to your smile. At Brush Dental in Royse City, we provide tooth-colored fillings to treat cavities and restore dental function. Not only do these types of fillings help ward off future cavities, but their natural appearance means you will not have to worry about drawing any unwanted attention to your teeth. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about fighting cavities with tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin that is comprised of acrylic plastics blended with tiny glass particles. This natural-looking resin is used to restore a tooth’s dental function after it has been compromised by a cavity and prevent further decay. Durable and aesthetically-pleasing, the composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings can also be used to restore cracked or broken teeth.
One of the biggest advantages of tooth-colored fillings over metal amalgam fillings is the discreet appearance of this type of restoration. The composite resin can be color-matched to your natural enamel, which allows a filling to blend in seamlessly with your teeth. Most people will never even notice that you have a dental filling!
Additional benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
Tooth-colored fillings can be placed by one of our experienced dentists in just a single visit to our office in Royse City. First, your dentist will carefully select the shade of composite resin that best matches the color of your natural teeth.
Next, he will remove the decay from your tooth and clean the area. A primer may be applied to help the composite resin chemically bond to your tooth. Once your tooth is cleaned and prepped, your dentist will place the composite resin in layers into the space left by decay, then harden the material in place using a special curing light.
Finally, your dentist will smooth and polish your new filling and check your bite to make sure it is even. After any final adjustments, you will be ready to hop out of the dentist’s chair and carry on with your day!
Tooth-colored fillings from a dentist can typically protect a tooth for 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced or repaired. Excellent oral hygiene habits and certain lifestyle choices can help keep your dental filling in prime shape for as long as possible. Here are a few tips on how to care for your tooth-colored filling: