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Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings

How we treat Cavities with Composite Fillings

Many of us need fillings at some point in our lives. No matter how well you brush your teeth or floss, there may be times when you have to deal with cavities at some point in your life.  Factors like the foods you eat, the types of bacteria in your mouth, and your genetics among others all contribute to your risk of tooth decay.  

If you get a cavity and require a filling, we offer natural looking tooth-colored white fillings made from durable composite material to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. For those who are more sensitive to chemicals, we offer BPA-free and fluoride-free options as well. 

Why Sloan Creek Dental for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

We use durable composite material

Personalized dental care

Metal and Mercury Free Materials

What Are Dental Fillings?

Tooth fillings (also known as “dental fillings”) is a dental restoration used to repair and strengthen teeth that have a cavity. If a filling is required, we will first remove any tooth decay, clean the entire affected area, and insert a composite filling material. The quality filling material that we use is designed to strengthen the tooth structure, allowing for proper function of chewing while filling the cavity.  In the event if a tooth cannot be saved, we may recommend that you replace it with a dental implant, or an onlay, or crown.

How Do Tooth-Colored Restorations Differ From Traditional Silver Fillings?

White Tooth Colored Dental Filling

If you want the durability and strength of a silver filling called amalgam filling, but prefer something more invisible, composite fillings are an excellent alternative. Tooth colored restorations is a straightforward way to match your natural tooth color unlike silver fillings which can darken over time. With proper dental oral hygiene, your teeth will last many years.  With tooth colored fillings, some benefits include…

  • Natural looking as they blend right in
  • Perfect for patients with metal allergies
  • Less teeth sensitivity is reported with these fillings versus silver amalgam filling

Do you need a Composite filling?

If you’re suffering from teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold, pain when biting or chewing, soreness on one side of the mouth, or have chipped or broken teeth, you might need a filling. Left untreated, a cavity or damaged tooth may become severely infected and painful. Tooth-colored composite fillings offer a simple solution that eliminates pain, remove decay, and make your tooth as good as new, just like a natural tooth.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored FIllings

  • Preserves more of your natural tooth structure
  • Made from tooth-colored composite resin that is chemically bonded
  • Durable as they’ll last for years
  • Decreases the gap between teeth
  • Designed to protect your teeth from further decay

How is a tooth filling done?

Step 1

The dentist will gently numb your mouth — if you’re nervous, ask about sedation options like laughing gas.

Step 2

Relax while decay is carefully removed and the surface of your tooth is prepared. Because you’ll be numb, this process will be pain free!

Step 3

Once the decay is removed, the composite resin material will be placed into the prepared tooth and chemically bonded, providing a strong permanent restoration.

 

Step 4

Before you know it, your cavity will be gone and your dental restoration will be all finished.

 

I Have more questions about my filling

We know you might have a few more questions so we have some of our most commonly asked questions. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll get your question answered for you as soon as possible!

How long do dental fillings last?

The longevity of most dental fillings is around 7 years with some lasting longer. The factors that affect the longevity of a filling include the material used and how the tooth was prepared for the restoration.  In addition to the materials used, other factors affecting the life span of a filling include:

  • The type of foods you eat
  • Dental oral hygiene (Brushing and flossing daily, proper regular checkups)
  • Tooth decay around the filling
  • Grinding your teeth while you sleep

Does it hurt to get a filling?

Restoring a decayed tooth before the pain starts is important because a tooth that is sensitive to heat or sweets can be more of a nuisance and painful if left untreated.  If Dr. Feng recommends a filling, she uses a local anesthetic to numb the tissues so you don’t experience any pain. In fact, you may not even know that we are restoring a decayed tooth until it’s over.

Need more information or ready to schedule?

If you suspect that you might have a cavity or wondering how much does a filling cost, don’t worry! Our white, mercury-free fillings can solve your problem. To learn more to improve you and your family oral health, or to improve your smile, schedule an appointment at Sloan Creek Dental. Simply call us at (972) 468-1440 or email us!