What Is a Tooth-Colored (Composite) Filling?
Tooth decay is common among patients of all ages and affects the overall health and wellness of the smile. Caused by acid-producing bacteria, tooth decay eats away enamel resulting in a cavity. To stop tooth decay and restore health, tooth-colored fillings are placed by our experienced dentist. These composite fillings are designed with durable material to blend beautifully into your smile and may be used to repair minor chips and fractures on the teeth.
Historically, dentists used amalgam (silver) fillings to restore teeth, but it has become clear that amalgam can present some health risks and does not bond as well to the teeth as modern dental fillings. Using composite resin, Made Ya Smile Rayford is able to use a conservative approach to help you regain your tooth health, and can even replace your old fillings with new, more natural-looking ones. To learn how composite fillings can improve the look of your teeth and enhance your general wellness, contact the friendly team at our Spring, TX office today.
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When Are Composite Dental Fillings Recommended?
Minor damage and tooth decay in both the front and back teeth can be treated with tooth fillings made from composite resin material. These tooth-colored fillings rebuild and strengthen problem areas in the tooth's structure. These days, composite resin is preferable to silver amalgam because of health reasons, but it allows us further to be more conservative in the way we treat your tooth issues. Less tooth structure is removed during a filling procedure with composite resin compared to fillings done with amalgam.
Our dentist may recommend a composite filling if you have a cavity, chipped tooth, uneven biting edges, or worn tooth enamel. This treatment is both cosmetic and restorative and may be ideal if you would like to replace old amalgam fillings with this modern, healthier, and more attractive option. When placing a composite filling, our dentist will choose a shade of the material to match your particular smile. Because we color match with your existing teeth, composites blend right into your smile for a long-lasting, highly-durable, aesthetically-pleasing treatment.
How Are Composite Resin Fillings Placed?
Most often, composite fillings can be completed in one visit. With many years of experience restoring dental health to our patients, the team at Made Ya Smile in Spring, TX knows how to put patients at ease with our gentle, compassionate approach. We start by numbing the tooth and surrounding tissues for your comfort, and for our patients with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is available to help you relax as much as possible. Then, our dentist will carefully and gently remove the damaged and decayed parts of the tooth using advanced equipment. The tooth is then rinsed and dried before we layer the tooth-colored composite resin in place. Your filling will then be hardened using a curing light and polished smooth to make it look and feel natural. Our dentist will check your bite to make sure it's comfortable and our team will provide any post-op instructions you need.
Composite Dental Fillings Aftercare and Recovery
Treatment with composite filling is simple and easy. You can typically return immediately to your daily routine, though if you have received sedation dentistry, you should wait to eat until you have regained full feeling in your tongue, lips, and cheeks. You may find that your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures in the days just after your treatment. Reach out to our office if you have any major discomfort, tooth sensitivity that will not go away, or if your filling disrupts the feel of your bite. We can adjust your filling if needed. Caring for your new composite filling is as simple as following proper home care routines with brushing and flossing. We will check your filling every time you return to Made Ya Smile for your routine cleaning and exam visits.
Does Insurance Cover Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings?
Lots of dental insurance plans will cover most or all of the cost for composite fillings for dental cavities and tooth damage. Prior to your procedure, the Made Ya Smile team will look into your schedule of benefits and determine whether you will have any out-of-pocket costs. We accept most PPO plans and can file a claim on your behalf. With a variety of payment plans available, including CareCredit® for third-party patient-financing, we work hard to make it easy for your family to receive needed dental care.
Natural-Looking Composite Restorations
Tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin can simply and effectively treat tooth decay and tooth damage in an aesthetically pleasing way. These issues can cause serious long-term problems if you do not treat them early on. By using composite material, our dentist can take a conservative approach to returning your smile to a healthy state. Schedule a visit at our Spring, TX family practice today to receive treatment for your decayed or damaged tooth and regain your healthy, confident smile.
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