Even with proper oral hygiene, at some point in your life, you might develop a cavity. When you realize there’s decay in your smile that needs to be addressed, you might be worried that this means you’ll have an unattractive piece of metal in your mouth from now on. But at Legacy Dental, this doesn’t have to be the case; Dr. Janzen can restore your grin with a lifelike tooth-colored filling. Call us today if you think you have a cavity that needs to be treated soon.
A filling is material used to fill in cavities in the teeth that have formed due to decay. Ignoring cavities could lead to more severe dental damage in the long run, so it’s best to have them treated as soon as possible.
Traditional fillings are made out of silver amalgam. At our practice, though, we prefer to use composite resin, which is a mixture of ultra-fine plastic and glass particles. We can shade composite resin so that it matches the color of your natural teeth; this way, we can place a filling that blends in so perfectly that most people don’t even realize that it’s there.
The process of having a tooth-colored filling placed is very simple. In fact, it can often be completed in just one visit, although the exact timeline depends on your circumstances.
Before placing a filling, we will numb the area of the mouth where the tooth in question is located. Sedation is available if you’re nervous about having dental work done. Once we’re sure you’re comfortable, we’ll begin the process of removing the decayed portions of the tooth. Then, the space is filled with composite resin to restore the enamel that was lost.
Composite resin fillings are placed in layers that are subsequently hardened in place with an ultraviolet light. This is done to prevent the material from being washed away. Once your filling is in place, we will sculpt and reshape it to help it look as natural as possible.
Tooth-colored fillings have quickly become a popular alternative to metal amalgam fillings when it comes to repairing decayed teeth. This is thanks to several benefits that they offer:
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