Getting a cavity repaired no longer requires covering up your white tooth enamel with a silver filling. These days, beautiful tooth-colored fillings can repair the cavity without taking away from the overall appearance of your smile. This natural and conservative solution conserves more of your healthy white tooth enamel and is also barely detectable to the untrained eye. Keep reading to learn more about how tooth-colored fillings in McKinney can rescue your smile after tooth decay or damage.
Tooth-colored fillings offer a safer, more visually pleasing option in restorative dentistry. They are made of a biocompatible resin which is a mixture of smooth plastic and glass particles. This option is highly preferable to the silver, or amalgam, alternative. A color-blending chart means it is customizable to blend with the precise shade of the surrounding tooth enamel. Additionally, the biocompatible material also eliminates the slight but present risk of mercury exposure related to amalgam.
There are a number of benefits associated with the use of tooth-colored fillings compared to those made of amalgam. Some of the most considerable advantages of this option include the following:
The process for a tooth-colored filling takes places over the course of a single visit to our office. Before we begin, we will make sure you are completely comfortable and numb the treatment area so that you can’t feel anything throughout the process. Once you are totally at ease, the tooth will be isolated using special barriers. Then, it will be cleaned and dried. The decayed enamel will be removed using special tools. Once the cavity is smooth and sanitized, the biocompatible resin will be applied. Several brief applications of a special UV light will dry the resin. Once this process is complete, that’s all -- the cavity has been restored!
Once the filling has been placed, you can treat it just like your natural teeth. You won’t have to do anything special to care for your new tooth-colored filling, but you should make sure to stay on top of your oral hygiene habits to ensure that the surrounding teeth and your gums stay healthy for the long-haul. Additionally, because the resin will absorb stains more readily, you may want to avoid excessive coffee consumption, smoking, or eating other highly pigmented foods and beverages for a filling in the front of the smile. Brush your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day, floss daily, and visit our office every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning. During this routine visit, we will check in on the filling and any other existing dental work to make sure we can intervene ASAP if an issue does crop up.