Cavities and minor tooth decay are easily managed through tooth-colored fillings. A composite filling will leave your tooth looking great and functioning perfectly.
By making dental visits regularly and keeping up with your oral health, you can catch cavities and decay before they develop into serious issues. When a cavity or decay is discovered, we can usually fix the problem with a tooth-colored filling. This is one of the most common treatments we provide at our practice.
A tooth-colored filling involves applying a filling substance directly to a tooth’s area of decay. This will seal off any voids or openings and prevent bacteria and food particles from accessing the tooth’s inner structure. This will also restore the tooth’s integrity and strength to make it more suitable for proper chewing. Fillings must be provided in a timely manner, or more serious damage will occur.
We use a filling substance that is both durable and flexible, making it perfect for filling cavities and providing much-needed strength. Most patients find that their restored teeth feel and function normally. The patient should expect the restoration to last for many years if it is cared for properly.
The tooth-colored fillings we administer are also known as composite fillings. This is because the filling substance consists of a composite mixture of plastic resins and silica fillers. The material is perfect for restoring teeth with minor damage and decay due to its remarkable similarities with natural tooth material once hardened. We can even adjust the shade of the resin slightly to better resemble the original tooth.
Fillings are easy to provide, and we follow a simple process during the procedure. The first step is to check the tooth and carefully remove any decay or existing filling material. Our dentists then apply the filling substance once the tooth has been completely cleaned out. We then expose the filling material to a special light and wait a few minutes for the restoration to harden. This will help the tooth reach the appropriate strength and consistency. To finish, we polish and shape the structure to provide it with a more natural look overall. The patient can resume eating and drinking like normal shortly after the procedure.
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