If you’re suffering from tooth decay and need to treat the damage, or if you feel self-conscious about the old metal fillings in your teeth, our dentist can help! When you choose tooth-colored fillings, they can restore teeth and replace less-than-flattering metal fillings. This can revitalize the health and appearance of your teeth. There are several reasons to choose composite resin over gold or amalgam fillings, not the least of which is that you can repair cavities with a natural result! Contact our office to learn more about tooth-colored fillings in Temple.
Instead of using metal to fill cavities, we use a tooth-colored composite resin that has proven to be a safer, more effective, and aesthetically pleasing restorative option for teeth that have been 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 remaining enamel. Tooth-colored fillings are customized to be the exact shade of your teeth, so they will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
In most cases, tooth-colored fillings can be placed in a single appointment here at Temple Choice Dental. First, our dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic if needed. They will then remove the decayed portion of your tooth. After selecting the perfect shade of composite resin, it will be molded into the proper size and shape. Final adjustments will be made, and they will polish the tooth to give it a beautiful, natural appearance.
Composite resin is already very close to the color of enamel, and we can shade it to blend perfectly with your surrounding teeth so nobody else will even know you have a filling. Furthermore, composite resin bonds directly with the enamel, allowing it to directly support the remaining tooth structure and keep it from breaking. This also reduces the amount of enamel that needs to be removed to place the filling.
Unlike metal, composite resin doesn’t expand or contract due to temperature changes, so there’s less risk of it cracking the tooth. Finally, medium-to-small composite fillings typically have a similar lifespan to those made of metal amalgam – about 7-10 years.
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