What Is a Tooth-Colored (Composite) Filling?
A common problem among dental patients of all ages is tooth decay. When certain types of oral bacteria produce acid in the mouth, the tooth enamel may become damaged and a cavity forms. Our dentist routinely treats patients of all ages who have cavities in their teeth with natural-looking composite resin material. These tooth-colored fillings are highly durable and in addition to restoring teeth with decay, they are used to repair minor chips and breaks on teeth for a seamless appearance.
A composite filling is shaded to blend with the teeth for a natural look and feel. Amalgam (silver) fillings were used to treat tooth decay in the past. However, tooth-colored composite is now more widely preferred among both dentists and patients, as these fillings do not have the same health risks as silver amalgam. Composite also bonds better with the teeth and does not require as much tooth reduction to place as amalgam. A composite filling may be ideal for your treatment needs if you have a cavity or a broken tooth, or you would like to replace your amalgam fillings with a material that offers a more aesthetic appearance. For minor or moderate tooth damage repair, visit our dentist at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX to see if tooth-colored composite fillings are the best treatment option for your restorative needs.
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When Are Composite Dental Fillings Recommended?
Composite fillings may be used in patients of all ages to restore health and appearance to the smile when damage or tooth decay has occurred. As a more conservative approach than traditional amalgam, tooth-colored fillings can be placed anywhere in the mouth and are smooth, strong, durable, and highly aesthetic. Composite is the color of natural tooth enamel and comes in a variety of shades that can be matched to your exact tooth color. Our dentist may use composite to rebuild and strengthen teeth and return function to areas that are damaged. Early treatment of a minor-to-moderately damaged tooth with a composite filling may help you avoid the need for costlier care in the future.
Tooth-colored composite filings may be used to replace existing silver amalgams and to repair teeth that are mild-to-moderately:
How Are Composite Resin Fillings Placed?
In most cases, having composite fillings for dental cavities placed is a simple and easy visit. Our dentist is happy to help you choose the best solution for your smile and meet your unique treatment needs. Though receiving fillings is typically a quick one-visit procedure, we are dedicated to creating the most pleasant experience possible. We will numb your tooth for comfort but can also provide sedation options if you feel anxious when visiting the dentist. Always using a gentle touch, our dentist will utilize advanced dental equipment to carefully clean out the damaged areas of tooth structure and rinse and dry the tooth. The ideal shade of composite material will then be layered in place to rebuild your tooth. A special curing light will be used to set the material and allow it to adhere to your tooth structure. Our dentist will then polish your tooth to make look and feel smooth and make any necessary adjustments to your bite to ensure an even interface between your upper and lower teeth.
Composite Dental Fillings Aftercare and Recovery
The recovery process following composite fillings for dental cavities or damage is typically minor. You may notice some slight sensitivity within the tooth over the next couple of days. If you received a local anesthetic for your visit, we strongly recommend that you wait to eat anything that must be chewed until you are no longer numb. Please let contact our office if your filling feels high or your bite feels off once the numbness in your mouth completely subsides. We can always get you back in for a quick visit to adjust your filling and your bite. The key to keeping your mouth healthy and new filling intact is by brushing and flossing properly each day and visiting our team at least twice each year for your routine cleaning and exam visits. We will always be sure to check your filling and can make and adjustments as needed to keep your smile comfortable.
Does Insurance Cover Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings?
Most dental insurance plans do offer some coverage towards composite fillings when used for restorative care. To learn about your plan specifics, we will contact your provider and inform you of any costs that are not covered by your insurance. Our Katy, TX practice accepts most PPO insurance plans and will be happy to submit your insurance claim for you. Our team wants all patients to have access to high-quality dental care. For patients without insurance, Made Ya Smile offers a special in-house savings plan and takes a range of convenient payment options. Information on third-party financing through CareCredit® can also be provided during your consultation.
Natural-Looking Composite Restorations
Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent yet simple way to treat minor-to-moderate cavities and tooth damage in patients of all ages. By treating a tooth early on with a simple filling and when a cavity is still small, you can often avoid the need for more expensive and complex care. Composite blends beautifully with your surrounding tooth structure and is a highly durable and strong material and offers a more conservative and healthier alternative to silver amalgam fillings. To learn if a composite is ideal for restore your chipped or decayed tooth, schedule a visit with our dentist at Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX.
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