Despite our best brushing habits, most of us are bound to experience a cavity or two in our lifetime. In the past, the only option for correcting tooth decay was to use shiny metal fillings. That’s why at Plano Family Dental, we’re proud to treat cavities in Plano and the surrounding communities with tooth-colored fillings instead. With materials that are both lifelike and safe, we can restore the appearance and function of your smile. If you or a loved one has a cavity, don’t hesitate to call us and schedule your next appointment!
If you are ready to restore your smile, contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable team members!
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made From
Tooth-colored fillings are nothing like silver fillings, which utilize mercury and multiple other metal alloys to restore teeth. Instead, tooth-colored fillings utilize composite resin, which is a mixture of both plastic and glass. This putty-like resin is not only capable of blending in with your teeth, but highly biocompatible. Those with metal allergies will not have to worry about triggering a reaction when using tooth-colored fillings to restore their teeth. Once packed into your tooth and cured, you can chew again with ease!
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Amalgam Fillings
Silver fillings have long been considered the gold standard for restoring teeth. Still, now we can say with confidence that tooth-colored fillings offer very similar protection, along with numerous other benefits you won’t find with their silver counterparts. For example, composite resin does not require removal of any tooth structure to place because it maintains a strong natural bond with enamel. Silver fillings typically require removal of tooth enamel to fit properly.
Furthermore, silver fillings often expand and contract over time as they become exposed to food and beverages of varying temperatures. This phenomenon causes the filling to act as a wedge between teeth, further splitting them apart. Composite resin does not react to stimuli in this way, helping you maintain a stronger seal for longer.
How are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
In just one visit, you can have your damaged teeth repaired with tooth-colored fillings. After examining your teeth for damage, Dr. Joseph will numb the tooth in question and remove any damaged or decaying tissue. Then, he’ll place an etchant material to give the resin a more effective bond. Once the resin is packed into the tooth and properly shaped, he’ll use a special curing light to harden the material instantly. You won’t have to worry about the material blending in because the shade will be determined prior to placement.
Caring for Your Tooth-Colored Fillings
Maintaining your dental fillings in Plano is as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoridated tooth paste, flossing daily and visiting our office once every six months for cleanings and exams. By committing to oral hygiene, you’ll avoid future cavities and be able to catch early signs of decay before cavities appear. When brushing, make sure to not brush any longer than two minutes at a time unless instructed by Dr. Joseph. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent wearing the filling down prematurely. In the event that your filling is damaged or you’d like to have a silver filling replaced, we can typically do so in a single visit. You can now conveniently schedule your appointment online or if you prefer, you can call us anytime!