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What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria erode your enamel. In the past, cavities were filled with an amalgam material, a mixture of different metals, such as silver or mercury. We now know that amalgam fillings do not adhere fully to the enamel, and mercury can be dangerous to your overall health. At Kissable Dental in Dallas, TX, our dentists use tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. We can also replace old metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings for a more reliable and better-looking treatment of cavities.

What Are the Benefits?

Traditional fillings may not be the best choice for everyone. However, tooth-colored fillings are a great option for Dallas, TX patients, including benefits such as:

  • Trusted and efficient treatment option
  • Camoflaugue into your natural tooth color
  • Gives you a healthier smile
  • Protects healthy tissues from progressing disease

Am I A Good Candidate for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Composite resin tooth-colored fillings typically cover the decay in the enamel after it is cleaned by Dr. Composite resin is a useful material that can be used to correct other concerns with your teeth, including cracks or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite resin is colored to blend with your teeth, fillings may be used on the back and front teeth for a seamless finish. If you have metal fillings, talk to Dr. about getting them taken out and re-done with tooth-colored fillings.

What to Expect from Tooth-Colored Fillings

Getting a filling with composite resin at Kissable Dental is usually a simple process. The treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Other forms of sedation may be considered if you have any fears or dental anxieties to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. As soon as you are ready, the decayed enamel can be removed using a special drill that our dentist will select based on where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay. After the enamel is cleared away and the tooth is cleaned, the space will be filled with composite material and hardened. We will polish the filling material so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.

A Seamless, Healthy Smile

Cavities may begin as a small issue, but it is important to have them treated before they develop into a larger problem. At Kissable Dental in Dallas, TX, tooth decay and cavities can be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Our dentist will match the color of your natural teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you suspect you or a family member have a cavity, contact our office to schedule a dental exam with our expert team.

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Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQs

Tooth-colored fillings are generally quite durable and suitable for small to medium-sized cavities. However, they might not be as suitable for very large or heavily stressed areas of the mouth, like molars that endure significant chewing forces. Your dentist will evaluate the size and location of the cavity to determine the most appropriate type of filling material.

Tooth-colored fillings do not require any special care. However, you should maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. Avoid biting on hard objects, as excessive force can damage the filling.

Cost of tooth-colored fillings vary based on the cost of the materials and the technique involved in their placement. However, if there is added expense, many people consider the health and aesthetic benefits of tooth-colored fillings worth the extra cost.

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