Tooth decay is a common dental issue, and if not treated on time, it may lead to cavities. Research and studies suggest that one out of every ten individuals suffer from tooth decay and make frequent dental visits. When you consult us for the problem, we fill the cavity using a tooth-colored filling.
Earlier, only amalgam, silver, and gold metal fillings were used to fill the space of tooth decay. But today, tooth-colored fillings have taken over in terms of popularity.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, are designed to match the color of your teeth. Unlike amalgam fillings, they do not look different from your natural teeth. They are durable, aesthetically appealing, and a safe treatment option suitable for people of all age groups. Tooth-colored fillings are made using a mixture of dental-grade plastic, glass, composite resin, and quartz particles.
What is the Procedure?
Every cavity, big or small, needs to be filled with a filling to prevent further decay or tooth infection. We use tooth-colored fillings to fill them, and the procedure is quick and efficient. We start with removing the decay from your mouth. After it, we will clean and sterilize the area to remove the leftover decay or infection. The cavity will then be sealed using the composite filling. We use these fillings in layers over the cavity and harden them using a specialized curing light.
What are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
- Tooth-colored fillings provide quick and hassle-free treatment to your problem. It takes less than an hour for the procedure to be completed.
- Composite fillings are aesthetically appealing as they blend with the natural color of your adjoining teeth. Thus, nobody can tell that you have had a cavity and used a filling to treat it.
- If you take proper care of your oral health and follow everything suggested by us, these fillings can last 10 years or more.
- The composite resin used for this procedure bonds to your teeth. It means that not a lot of tooth structure has to be removed, as in the case of silver or gold fillings.
- Tooth-colored fillings are a safer alternative over others because they are free from mercury.
How to Care for Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings do not require any exclusive care. All you need to do is maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. Visit us regularly for dental check-ups, cleanings, and examinations.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Tulsa, OK, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gerety. Please call us at (918) 493-3031 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.