What Is a Tooth-Colored (Composite) Filling?
Our older patients may remember the amalgam (silver) fillings that dentists used in the past for repairing cavities in the teeth. You may even have some of these silver fillings left in your mouth from early dental work performed on you. Today, modern dentistry takes a different approach to fillings. Amalgams can cause adverse health risks if the metal leaks, may not bond well to your teeth, and can be unpleasing to the eye. There is nothing natural about having teeth filled with silver-colored metals. Today, we use natural-looking composite to improve your tooth structure along with the appearance of the tooth. To learn more about composite fillings from Made Ya Smile Dental, a family dental practice, contact our friendly team today in Kingwood, TX.
"I am extremely terrified of the dentist and the staff treated me so kindly and had extraordinary patience with me! In particular Sonia and Dr. Olson, they really helped keep me calm. It’s been over a decade since I’ve been to a dentist and with their care, I’ll be able to return and start truly taking care of my mouth. Thank you all and I highly recommend Made Ya Smile Kingwood! You’re in great hands❤️"- K.A. / Google / Oct 15, 2021
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"This place is awesome! Everyone is very nice and helpful. Sarah makes the procedure easier by talking to you and making you feel comfortable because God knows I hate the dentist due to drilling they had to do"- M.9. / Google / Oct 02, 2021
"Have been using dr. Olson for a year and half. Based on the dental work on me, he is a very qualified dentist with a staff also provides great professional work. The dental charges were very reasonable and connected fast and cleared with insurance company. I personally recommend this dental place."- L.C. / Google / Oct 01, 2021
"Sarah and the Dr did great! I just had my first root canal and they made an easy going process."- L.P. / Google / Sep 29, 2021
When Are Composite Dental Fillings Recommended?
You qualify for tooth-colored fillings if you have first-time cavities or old amalgam fillings that need to be replaced. We use a composite resin that is tooth-colored on chipped teeth, uneven biting edges, or worn tooth enamel as well. We will select the shade that matches the color of your tooth.
How Are Composite Resin Fillings Placed?
Adults and children alike may have dental anxiety. This is why we offer two types of calming sedation dentistry for a relaxing experience. Commonly, we offer nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) for patients receiving fillings. Oral-conscious sedation may be used for patients getting fillings alongside more invasive dental work. Once you are numb and calm, your dentist will remove the decay or old filling with the decayed or damaged areas of the tooth using advanced dental instruments. Then, we will rinse and dry the area before layering the tooth-colored composite material in place. A curing light will be used to harden your filling, which will then be polished to a smooth feel and appearance. Our team will check your bite to ensure comfort and provide any post-filling instructions.
Composite Dental Fillings Aftercare and Recovery
You may feel a little sensitive the next day or after the numbing wears off where you had injections or fillings performed. If you have extensive pain after a filling, please contact our office for assistance. Also, if your filling does not feel right when your teeth are together, this may cause some discomfort. Let us know if the filling is bothersome. You may not notice this until after you are no longer numb. You may need an adjustment to your filling so your bite returns to its more natural position.
We will check your fillings at each dental exam in the future to make sure they are doing their job properly or if they need to be replaced.
Does Insurance Cover Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings?
Most dental insurance plans cover at least a percentage of the cost for filling for dental cavities or tooth damage. Our billing coordinator will contact your insurance company and review your benefits. It may not cover replacing fillings for cosmetic reasons. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most PPO plans and will file your claim on your behalf. To cover what is left of your costs, we can give you information on financing through CareCredit®.
Natural-Looking Composite Restorations
Say good riddance to the metal fillings of the past and replace them with our tooth-colored filling that is just as strong yet aesthetically pleasing. Your fillings should blend into the natural landscape of your teeth. Gone are the days of looking like you have a mouth full of dark metal fillings. Our dentist at Made Ya Smile Dental can offer a more conservative approach to restoring health and wellness to your decayed teeth with tooth-colored fillings. Book a consultation with our team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX to discover your options in tooth-colored fillings.
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