The most common treatment for a cavity used to be a shiny metal filling. While this restoration was highly effective at repairing tooth decay, they do have a few noticeable downsides. The majority of people don’t want to show off a smile with visible, dark fillings that stand out. The good news is that at Texas Dentistry and Braces, we offer tooth-colored fillings to repair your decayed tooth. To find out if a tooth-colored filling is the right restorative option for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment.
Instead of using metal to fill cavities, we use a tooth-colored composite resin that has proven to be a safe, effective, and natural-looking restoration for teeth that are damaged by decay. This substance is biocompatible, so it bonds directly to the tooth, allowing patients to achieve long-lasting results while preserving more of the natural tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings are customized to be the exact color of your teeth, so they will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. You may even forget that you have a filling there.
In the majority of cases, tooth-colored fillings can be placed in a single appointment. First, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. This way, you won’t feel a thing. Then, they will remove the decayed portion of your tooth. After carefully selecting the perfect shade of composite resin to match your teeth, it will be molded until it is the proper size and shape. Lastly, final adjustments will be made, and the tooth will be polished to give it a beautiful, finished appearance.
There are numerous benefits of tooth-colored fillings. Here are just some of the advantages you can experience: