It's not uncommon for people to develop tooth cavities during their lifetime that might require professional attention. Tooth-colored fillings provide a perfect solution for people to get their cavities repaired without it being evident. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we offer tooth-colored fillings depending on the location and extent of the tooth problem that needs to be treated.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
The tooth-colored fillings are generally made of composite resins, a mixture of powdered glass and plastic. The material offers aesthetic and realistic benefits and blends in seamlessly with your natural smile. If a cavity is present at the front of the mouth, it can be concealed without distracting from the person's smile.
Procedure for Tooth-Colored Fillings
After the initial examination of your mouth, and if tooth-colored fillings are found appropriate for your condition, the composite resins mixture will be prepared and applied to the affected tooth that needs to be fixed.
A composite filling can usually be accomplished in one dental visit. During the procedure, a local anesthetic reduces any painful sensations you may feel while the tooth is being treated. A conventional dental drill is used to remove the decay from the tooth. Once the bacteria and decayed tooth structure are eliminated, the tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the tooth. To harden the material, a special curing light is used. This can be a bit more arduous than the other types of treatments. If necessary, additional layers are applied to fix the damage. Then the tooth is contoured and polished until it feels as natural as the neighboring teeth.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
The tooth-colored fillings blend in effortlessly with your surrounding tooth structure, unlike the metal and gold fillings of the past.
A significantly less natural tooth structure must be removed in tooth-colored fillings as the composite resin material adheres to the teeth. This permits for more conservative treatment of your cavity and also retains more of your natural tooth structure.
Many people go for tooth-colored fillings as they are mercury-free, a toxic material present in traditional metal fillings.
The tooth-colored filling process is painless and quick. The filling can be shaped and polished in about fifteen minutes.
The tooth-colored fillings could last for up to ten years or more if you properly care for your oral cavity.
If you want a cavity-free mouth, visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910. You can also reach us at 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082.