Cavities are one of the most common reason for visits to our Sandston dental practice. When cavities occur, Dr. William Munn is pleased to offer patients a modern, attractive alternative to traditional metal fillings.
Unlike conspicuous gold or silver fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend in perfectly with natural tooth structure. With a tooth-colored filling, it is virtually impossible to tell you have had any dental work done. Your teeth will look just as natural and healthy as they did before the cavity developed.
What Is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
Tooth-colored fillings are designed to repair small to medium-sized areas of decay. In cases of widespread decay, a more substantial restoration like an inlay, onlay or crown may be required.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin materials. Dr. Munn color-matches the resin to the natural color of the tooth; once the filling is in place, there is no obvious delineation between where the enamel ends and the filling begins.
Composite resin can be artfully molded to recreate the natural shapes and contours of a healthy, intact tooth. It also hardens quickly, so you won’t be in the dental chair for too long.
How Is a Tooth-Colored Filling Placed?
Placing a tooth-colored filling is a quick and painless procedure. Expect to be in and out of the office within an hour or so. The affected area of your mouth will be completely numb to prevent any discomfort.
First, Dr. Munn will remove the decayed portion of tooth material. He is very conservative when removing decay, and only removes what is necessary to rehabilitate your tooth to good health. In the long run, preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible is best for the health and strength of the tooth.
The next step is to prepare the tooth for the filling by applying a special etching solution. This “roughs up” the enamel so the filling material better adheres. Then, Dr. Munn is ready to fill the tooth. He will apply the composite resin material directly to the tooth, sculpting it carefully. He will use a special light to cure, or harden, the filling on the spot. When the dentist is happy with the filling, he will finish by polishing the tooth.
Caring for Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are an easy and low-maintenance solution to tooth decay. You can care for your filling exactly as you would a normal tooth. Brushing and flossing every day are important to preventing recurring decay or new areas of decay.
Like natural teeth, fillings should be checked by a dentist at least every six months. During the evaluation, our team will ensure that your filling is completely intact and hasn’t cracked or chipped. If we notice anything unusual, we can address it promptly.
Learn More about Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you would like more information about tooth-colored fillings and cavity repair, Dr. Munn and our team are always available to answer your questions. We can discuss alternative options, such as inlays, onlays or dental crowns if the circumstances of your case call for a more comprehensive solution.
Call or email us today to speak with a friendly, experienced member of our team!