Make Cavities Disappear with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings can treat cavities while retaining the healthy, natural appearance of the teeth they restore. The restorations are made from a composite of resin and glass-like particles that match the unique color and shade of your teeth. Because of its discreet appearance and ability to bond to the tooth structure, the tooth-colored composite resin is often preferred over metal.
A Cosmetic and Restorative Solution
A dental filling works by replacing the tooth structure that you have lost due to decay. After thoroughly cleaning the cavity of bacteria and infected tooth tissue, Dr. Vahadi will apply the composite resin so it can conform to the cavity’s shape. Then, he will cure the resin to harden it into a durable, lifelike restoration.
Because composite resin possesses the ability to blend in and adhere to the tooth structure, it is a viable cosmetic treatment, often referred to as dental bonding. When teeth are too stained for teeth whitening, chipped, worn, or oddly spaced, dental bonding can provide a minimally-invasive solution to improve their appearance.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Detecting and treating cavities early with a tooth-colored filling can provide a number of dental health benefits. Some examples include the following:
Indiscernible from your natural tooth so you don’t have to worry that your filling is noticeable
No risks associated with composite resin
Improved functionality, since the resin can be securely bonded to your tooth’s surface
What Does the Process Involve?
If your dentist near Plano has recommended a tooth-colored filling for you, there are some basic things that you can expect during the process. Here is a step-by-step look at the procedure:
- Local anesthesia will be applied to the treatment area
- Decay in the tooth will be removed by the dentist
- Your dentist will etch the area with acid gel followed by a bonding agent prior to applying the filling material.
- The tooth-colored filling material will be applied to the area and a light will be used for hardening the substance.
- Once the filling has hardened, your dentist will adjust and polish the restoration.
To begin, your dentist will apply local anesthesia and remove any decay or damage from the affected area. Once all decay is removed, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned to avoid trapping unwanted bacteria beneath the filling. After the area is cleaned, your dentist will use a tooth-colored filling material to fill the damaged tooth. This material can be shaped to blend perfectly into your smile.
How Do You Know If You Need a Filling?
For your dentist near Frisco to determine if you are in need of a filling, they will first use a small mirror to examine the tooth. Most cavities and damage to your teeth are found during your routine dental check-up. If our team notices that the surface of a tooth looks abnormal, we will closely examine the area to determine the best treatment for you.
For more information about cavities and fillings, feel free to call our office. If you think that you might need a tooth-colored filling, Lone Star Dental Care’s experienced dentists in Frisco can help you restore your smile.