Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health problems that there is. Most people will have to deal with a cavity at some point in their lives, which is why it’s a good thing that there easy, effective treatments that can help you deal with it.
For patients near Mesquite, TX looking to subtly seal off a cavity, tooth-colored fillings from Texas Dentistry and Braces can help you in no time at all. If you’re curious, give us a call and we’ll talk to you about what this treatment could do for you.
Dental fillings are small wads of malleable material that can be placed into a cavity, protecting you from discomfort and the tooth from further damage. While metal fillings were common back in the day, tooth-colored fillings have now become the norm. These are made from a composite resin, one that can be color-matched to the tooth so that they blend in perfectly, and are free of any metal that could trigger allergies in some patients.
One of the benefits of tooth-colored fillings is how quickly they can be applied when necessary. Usually, the process can be done entirely within a single appointment, only taking around an hour.
The procedure begins with numbing your mouth, which ensures that you’ll be completely comfortable for the duration. We’ll also apply any sedatives that you request during this time.
Once you’re completely comfortable, we’ll begin to sanitize the tooth and remove decayed sections of the enamel, ensuring that your tooth decay doesn’t get any worse. We’ll then apply color-matched composite resin in layers until the tooth is restored completely. We harden this composite resin in place with a specialized ultraviolet curing light.
Finally, we sculpt, reshape, and polish the filled tooth in order to make sure that your teeth feel completely natural after the restoration is complete.
You might wonder why metal fillings are so rare now, and why tooth-colored fillings have come to almost completely replace them. Aesthetics obviously have a lot to do with that, but there are a fair number of other reasons why they’re the preferred choice for most people.
Composite resin is able to bond with the tooth more easily than metal can. This provides a more secure connection than what you’d get from an amalgam filling and involves removing much less enamel.
Metal fillings also have the problem of expanding and contracting with temperature, which can create chronic tooth sensitivity. This isn’t an issue when it comes to tooth-colored composite resin.
With all of the things that they have going for them, tooth-colored fillings are a great pick for anyone dealing with tooth decay. If that’s you, give us a call today and we’ll show you what they’re capable of!