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 tooth-colored composite resin to improve your tooth structure along with the appearance of the tooth. To learn more about composite resin dental fillings from Made Ya Smile Dental, a family dental practice, contact our friendly team today in Kingwood, TX.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Reviews
"The office staff is super friendly and accomodating. Especially considering that I didn't confirm my appointment until the day of and still showed up a minute late like a procrastinating jerk. I had been putting off some dental fillings and when I told them that it was for financial reasons they helped me set up a payment plan and now I have an appointment set for my fillings finally!"- L.R. / Google / Mar 18, 2023
What Are the Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Cavities are not uncommon, and typically everyone will need a filling at some point in their life. When providing dental fillings to our Kingwood, TX patients, we prefer to use a composite filling material. Composite fillings allow us to match the color of your teeth, so you can have a seamless smile and don't have any gray fillings standing out. Other benefits include:
- Better for oral and overall health than silver amalgam filling options
- Reduces or stops decay
- Quick procedure with minimal discomfort
- Long-lasting results
When Are Composite Dental Fillings Recommended?
You qualify for tooth-colored resin 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 white composite tooth filling 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 your composite resin dental fillings, 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 of 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®.
Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQ
Are composite resin dental fillings better than silver amalgam fillings?
Tooth color composite resin can bond easier to your enamel. They are also more pliable, leaving them less likely to crack your tooth. Composite resin dental fillings can also be created in a shade that matches your natural teeth.
Will a white composite tooth filling look like my natural teeth?
A tooth-colored composite resin can be created in a shade that matches your natural teeth. This is an ideal option when you are looking to make your composite resin dental fillings blend in with your natural teeth.
How long will a tooth-colored filling last?
When you maintain a routine of regular flossing and brushing, along with annual dental cleanings, it is possible that your tooth-colored resin filling will last up to 12 years. We will check your fillings when you come in for your dental appointments to determine their quality.
Natural-Looking Composite Restorations
Say good riddance to the metal fillings of the past and replace them with our tooth-colored resin 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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