Tooth-Colored Fillings Overview
Dental cavities, or tooth decay, are a common problem that develops when bacteria attack your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a combination of metals, like mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't adhere as well with the enamel and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. At West Bridgewater Dental, our talented team of board-certified dentists uses tooth-colored fillings made of a composite resin to fill cavities and restore damaged teeth. We can also remove metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and attractive restorative treatment.
Best Candidates for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Our skilled dentists use composite resin tooth-colored fillings to cover and rebuild teeth that have decay. Composite resin is a versatile material that may be used to address other issues with your teeth, such as chips or excessive wear on the enamel caused by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your tooth structure, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a smooth, seamless finish. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to our team about having them removed and replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at West Bridgewater Dental typically is a simple procedure. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any fears or anxieties and to keep you relaxed. Once you're comfortable, our experienced dentists will use a special dental drill to clear away areas of tooth decay. Once the enamel is treated and the area is disinfected, the composite resin will be layered in place and set. We'll then smooth the filling material to create an even bite and aesthetic appeal.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Recovery
You'll be able to return to your daily routine once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can use over-the-counter pain medication to treat discomfort; however, it's unlikely that you'll experience any serious problems. If your filling seems high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be maintained by a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. At your annual exam visits, our dentists will check your filling to ensure that it remains intact and in place.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Insurance Coverage
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that often are partially covered by dental insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so that we can determine if you'll have any personal expenses. If you don't have dental insurance, we can discuss our payment options or provide information on medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities may begin as a small oral concern, but it's crucial to have them fixed before they develop into a bigger, more complex issue. At West Bridgewater Dental, our team routinely corrects tooth decay with composite resin fillings. We take special care to match your fillings to the shade of your teeth so that you can enjoy a healthy, attractive smile. If you think you or your child has a cavity, contact us today to schedule an exam with our West Bridgewater, MA team.