General Dentist Providing Tooth-Colored Fillings in Dunwoody
There’s a new method for restoring cavities, and it doesn’t involve a noticeable silver or amalgam filling. We know those restorations may make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, with offerings in modern dentistry, Dr. Jeff Rodgers and Dr. Meredith Hughes can restore your all-white smile with tooth-colored fillings in Dunwoody. Made of strong, long-lasting composite resin, these fillings will blend with your tooth enamel for a virtually undetectable restoration. Learn more about how this option can beautifully strengthen your teeth today.
Tooth-Colored Fillings: How They Work
A dental filling is a common procedure we use for restoring the integrity of a tooth that has been affected by decay. Fillings reduce the amount of bacteria in the patient’s mouth, make the tooth healthier overall, and can delay the need for additional dental work.
The procedure for a tooth-colored filling isn’t all that different from that of traditional silver fillings. To ensure your complete comfort throughout the procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to the area, and laughing gas is available if you desire a little extra relaxation. Then, we begin by removing all decay from the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings require less tooth preparation than amalgam, meaning more of your natural structure will stay intact, and you’ll have to sit through less drilling.
Once all decay has been removed, Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes will apply a self-etching adhesive to help the composite resin bond to the tooth enamel. The area will be completely dried, and another application of the adhesive will go on that will be hardened with a special light.
Now it’s time for the filling. The composite resin is packed into the prepared area using special tools, then shaped to fit your bite just like it should. Once the filling has been hardened and polished, the procedure is complete, and your tooth is back to its regular health!
After your filling, you may experience some sensitivity in the affected tooth. Discomfort should subside within one to two weeks following the dental work. If it doesn’t, contact Dr. Rodgers or Dr. Hughes, your general dentists in Dunwoody, to see what’s going on.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored dental fillings in Dunwoody offer many advantages over traditional amalgam/metal fillings. For instance, the bond between the filling and enamel is stronger and more supportive than that of an amalgam filling. That means with tooth-colored fillings, your teeth will be less likely to develop temperature-related sensitivity. In addition, tooth-colored fillings allow you to retain more of your natural tooth structure because less reduction is required. You won’t have to sit through any unnecessary drilling! They can be expected to last up to 10 years, too. To learn more about this wonderful option in restorative dentistry, ask us about tooth-colored fillings when you come in for your initial visit or teeth cleaning.