When a tooth becomes decayed, chipped, or cracked, you may not need to have it capped with a dental crown. Instead, tooth-colored fillings can protect your teeth and give your smile a boost. Midlothian, VA dentists Drs. Robert Neighbors and Brian Herod regularly use tooth-colored fillings to repair patients’ teeth and restore their original beauty. These popular restorations are effective for patients of all ages, from children and teens to adults and seniors.
Tooth-colored Fillings Treatment Process
If you have a cavity, the dentist will first numb the area with local anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, he will remove all decay from your affected tooth. Afterwards, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized in preparation for your new restoration. Next, your dentist will use a composite resin material to fill in the void left behind by damage. This material will be molded and shaped to blend in with your surrounding teeth. Lastly, the composite resin will be hardened with a special curing light, and any final adjustments will be made. In most cases, this type of restorative treatment can be completed in a single office visit.
Replacing Silver Amalgam Fillings With Composite Alternatives
Tooth-colored fillings are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available. In fact, several patients choose to have their metal fillings removed and replaced with composite restorations for a more natural-looking smile. In other instances, patients may wish to eliminate metal fillings for health reasons. No matter what the reason, tooth-colored fillings can be a practical solution to enhance your appearance and protect your overall oral health.
Maintaining Your Dental Fillings
Because composite fillings can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth, they are a popular aesthetic option for many patients. However, it is important to understand that coffee, tea, berries, red wine, and other dark-colored foods and beverages can stain the restorations over time. To avoid this, consume these foods in moderation and practice good oral hygiene at home. Additionally, be sure to attend all routine checkups and cleanings with your dentist.
Contact Our Practice for More Information
Do you have teeth affected by decay or damage? Dental fillings could restore your smile and alleviate any associated discomfort. Talk to Drs. Neighbors and Herod at your next appointment to discuss your treatment options.