Tooth-Colored Fillings – Carrollton, TX
We Can Seamlessly Restore Your Smile
A long time ago, hearing the words “you have a cavity” used to strike fear into your heart. It meant you had to get a piece of metal placed in your tooth. Not only is that piece of silver or gold brightly visible within your smile, but over time, metal fillings can corrode, leaving a gray stain behind on your teeth. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. These days, Dr. Henry A. Campbell uses a tooth-colored material to fill your cavities and restore your tooth back to its full function. If you have a cavity that you’d like to get filled, or if you have a metal filling that you want to get replaced with a tooth-colored alternative, give our Carrollton, TX office a call today!
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
To repair your smile, we use a silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture called composite resin. This material is bonded directly to your tooth, unlike traditional metal (amalgam) fillings, so none of your existing tooth enamel needs to be removed to make room. We believe in conservative dentistry, so we always strive to let you keep as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.
How Does the Process Work?
The process of getting a tooth-colored filling is quite simple and easy, and can often be completed in just one visit to our office. Your dentist in Carrollton will first numb the area to ensure you don’t feel a thing during the procedure. Then, we’ll clean out the affected area and remove all instances of decay. Once we’ve worked together to determine the perfect shade for your filling, we’ll apply the composite resin in layers directly to your tooth, sculpting it along the way until it’s the exact shape and size. After this process is completed, we’ll use a curing light to harden the material into place. Finally, your tooth will be polished, allowing it to look thoroughly natural.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings Compared to Metal Fillings?
There are multiple reasons why tooth-colored fillings are now considered the gold standard over their traditional amalgam counterparts, such as:
- Composite resin is bonded directly to your tooth. With amalgam fillings, part of your enamel had to be carved out to make room. Tooth-colored fillings are much more conservative, allowing you to keep more of your natural tooth.
- A tight bond will form between your tooth and the resin, sealing out bacteria and keeping it from forming in even the tiniest spaces.
- Although metal fillings have a reputation of being stronger, composite fillings are actually just as durable and long-lasting.
- For patients with sensitivities or allergies to metals, tooth-colored fillings present a great alternative.
- As times passes, metal fillings corrode and darken. They also seep into the rest of your tooth, leaving behind an unsightly gray stain. Tooth-colored fillings blend right in with the rest of your smile. As long as you brush and floss regularly, and avoid too many staining foods and drinks, no one even has to know you ever got a filling!