About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, develop when the enamel is eroded by bacteria. Once the cavity is discovered, it must be sanitized to remove the bacteria before it is sealed to prevent further damage. Not too long ago, dental cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, which was a combination of several metals, like gold and silver. Now, we know that metal fillings don't bond very well with enamel and that mercury could be dangerous to your health. MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX is focused on giving our patients advanced treatments that meet their dental needs so they have sexy teeth. For this reason, our premier dental facility treats dental cavities with tooth-colored fillings. These advanced dental restorations are made from a composite resin and are used to fill cavities while blending with your natural teeth to match your gorgeous smile. Our team of experienced, board-certified MINT doctors in Conroe, TX are committed to providing your entire family with the highest-quality dental care with tooth-colored fillings for the treatment of dental cavities.
Tooth-Colored Vs. Amalgam
Fillings made with amalgam are a metal material that has been what dentists used to treat tooth decay and cavities for over one hundred years in millions of patients. These amalgam fillings (made from a mixture of metals, like mercury, silver, tin, and copper) were the only available material to fill the enamel after a cavity had been removed. Compared to modern, composite resin fillings, laughing, smiling, or talking with your mouth wide open makes these silver fillings easy to see. While many individuals still have amalgam fillings, our team of experienced MINT dentistry professionals uses composite resin fillings to restore your dental health and match the natural color of your teeth for an enhanced smile.
Best Candidates for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Fillings are often used to fill a cavity after it's been sterilized. A versatile dental material, composite resin can also treat other issues with the teeth, like cracks or building up enamel that been worn down by grinding your teeth. Since the composite resin is colored to blend with your natural teeth, tooth-colored fillings are used to treat any tooth for an attractive, seamless smile. If you're concerned about metal fillings, speak with your dentist about getting them replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
What to Expect with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Thanks to advanced medical technology, a tooth-colored filling at MINT dentistry is typically a simple procedure. At the start of your appointment, a member of our team will help you relax in a massaging treatment chair, then you can choose what you want to listen to during the treatment. The treatment area(s) will then be numbed using local anesthetic to minimize your discomfort. Adding another sedation method can be reviewed with one of our MINT doctors if you have any fears or dental anxieties to help keep you comfortable during the procedure. Once you're prepped and relaxed, the enamel affected by the cavity will be carefully removed with a technologically advanced drill. After the affected enamel is eliminated and the surrounding enamel is sanitized, the space can be filled with composite resin and hardened with a special light. Your dentist will polish the material once it is set so it is smooth and matches your natural teeth.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Treatment Aftercare
You should be able to get back to your regular diet and activities once your appointment is over because the composite resin material used for the filling will be cured, creating a tough surface. You might have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days, but that should wear off soon. You may take an over-the-counter pain relief medication if necessary, but patients feel no discomfort. We recommend you return for an adjustment after getting fillings to make sure your bite has not been altered. Complications with your bite are common because your mouth has been numbed with local anesthesia; however, it is easy to fix. Just contact MINT. Your tooth-colored filling can be kept clean with a good routine at home, including flossing and brushing your teeth at least twice a day. During your regular appointments for cleanings, your dentist will assess your filling and decide if it should be replaced or repaired. Fillings made with composite resin material typically look natural and last for a long time. To make sure your teeth remain healthy, it's important to schedule regular dental cleanings and examinations at MINT dentistry.
The MINT Commitment
Tooth-colored cavity fillings are normally covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. Our front office will contact your insurance company to understand your coverage and calculate your remaining cost. If you do not have insurance, we will go over the payments accepted by our practice during your consultation and information on low-interest medical financing. MINT dentistry wants to help everyone in Conroe, TX get a healthy, beautiful smile and we're committed to making that goal attainable for everyone. Ask us about how your routine cleanings and treatments, like tooth-colored fillings, are priced under our exclusive MINT Discount Plan.
Tooth-Colored Fillings A Bright, Healthy Smile
Cavities can happen to anyone so MINT dentistry performs treatments to help restore your oral health while keeping your smile beautiful. Using advanced technology and special techniques, tooth-colored fillings can stop tooth decay before bigger problems develop. MINT dentistry's board-certified dentists will match the color of your natural teeth to give you an attractive, healthy smile. If you or a member of your family may have a cavity in your enamel, contact our office in Conroe, TX to schedule consultation.