Even if you are diligent about regular checkups and excellent home care, chances are you will develop a cavity in your tooth at some point in your life. A dental filling is one of the most common procedures most dentist offices perform. Ideal for small- or medium-sized spots of decay, tooth-colored fillings offer a restoration that matches the shade of your teeth, so it is virtually invisible.
Preventive tooth-colored fillings may also be placed to seal deep grooves and prevent the possibility for more substantial decay to develop. Dr. Thien Van Tran can talk to you about the options available to protect your smile and your oral health.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
In decades past, metal fillings—called amalgams—were used to fill in spots of decay on teeth. Although effective, the dark gray color of these restorations made them esthetically unappealing. Today’s composite fillings offer many benefits to patients.
- They offer a seamless appearance since the composite comes in a wide range of colors for perfect matching to the shade of your tooth.
- Treating with tooth-colored composite fillings enables your dentist to be more conservative because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed. This is because the composite material adheres directly to the tooth, so only the decayed portion needs to be removed—and no more.
- Composite fillings are stable because they do not expand and contract with changes in temperature the way metal fillings do.
- Research has shown that metal fillings are safe and effective, but many patients simply prefer to avoid the use of mercury and metal.
What to Expect with Tooth-Colored Filling Treatment
Dr. Tran is well known for his gentle style of treatment, which his patients appreciate. He wants to ensure your comfort during treatment and will thoroughly anesthetize the area with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
He will first remove all signs of decay from the tooth, then refine and prepare the tooth to have a bonded filling. Choosing a color that matches your natural tooth, he will begin applying the composite materials in layers. After your tooth is filled and fully cured, Dr. Tran will adjust and polish the filling so that it will be comfortable and will blend into the natural tooth.
Other Uses for Tooth-Colored Fillings
The composite material is sometimes used cosmetically to make small repairs to teeth. If you have a small chip or gap, Dr. Tran might be able to fix it with this noninvasive treatment.
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If you suspect you have a cavity or if you are just due for a checkup and cleaning, we invite you to give us a call. We welcome new patients!