Even if you are diligent about taking care of your oral health, chances are you will develop at least one cavity during your lifetime. In fact, dental caries are one of the most common issues dentists face in patients of all ages.
In the past, amalgam fillings were standard to prevent the spread of tooth decay. Marked by their dark gray color, many adults of a certain age still have them in their mouths.
Today we have another option: composite, tooth-colored fillings. Not only do these look better than amalgam fillings because they are made to match the color of your teeth, but they are safe, reliable, and long-lasting.
Whether you have new decay, or if you would like to find out about replacing your old metal fillings, call Town Square Family Dentistry.
The Tooth-Colored Filling Procedure
The first step in the procedure is to anesthetize the area for painless treatment. After the numbing injection has had a chance to work, the tooth to be filled will be prepared by removing the decayed portion.
Next, the filling material is placed directly onto the tooth and bonded into place. You will be asked to bite down to ensure you can still do so comfortably, and your dentist will make any adjustments that might be necessary.
Another benefit of tooth-colored fillings: When composite materials are used, less of the tooth needs to be drilled away than with an amalgam filling. This is because the composite materials bond directly to the prepared tooth. Not only is this a more conservative treatment because more of the tooth is left intact, but it also creates a stronger, longer-lasting restoration.
Cosmetic Uses for the Composite Material
Because composite fillings can be made to match the tooth color perfectly, they are ideal for filling cavities toward the front of the mouth. Also, the composite material is suitable for fixing cracks, chips, or gaps on or between teeth.
Caring for Your Teeth After Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling
You don’t need to do anything special to care for your composite filling. Be sure to brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist twice each year for routine checkups and professional cleanings. Composite fillings are long-lasting and strong.
If you feel any sensitivity in the filled tooth immediately afterward, this is normal and usually goes away after several days. If it remains beyond several weeks, be sure to give us a call and let us know. Your bite should also feel normal, so upper and lower teeth should not be hitting each other any differently. Notify us if this is not the case.
Call Town Square Family Dental if you have a cavity—new or old—that needs a tooth-colored filling. We welcome new patients and look forward to restoring your smile!