Tooth-Colored Fillings (Dental Cavities) Overview
Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, are created when bacteria eat away at your dental enamel. In the past, dental cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of metals, including silver or mercury. Now we know that amalgam fillings do not fuse fully with the teeth, and mercury may be dangerous to your general health. At 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO, our seasoned dentists, led by Dr. Brett Cotham, offer tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. We can also remove old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings for a safer and better-looking treatment for cavities.
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Best Candidates for Tooth-Colored Fillings (Dental Cavities)
Tooth-colored fillings typically seal the area of decay in the enamel of the tooth after it's been cleaned out by one of our expert dentists. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to correct other concerns with your teeth, including cracks or wear on the enamel by teeth grinding (bruxism). Since the composite resin is colored to match your natural teeth, fillings can be used on both the front and back teeth for a seamless result. If you have metal fillings, talk to our team about having them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
What To Expect from Tooth-Colored Fillings (Dental Cavities)
Getting a filling with composite resin at 32nd Street Dental is generally a quick treatment. The area surrounding the cavity will be numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize your discomfort. Other forms of sedation can be discussed if you have any anxieties or fears to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. As soon as you are prepared, the affected enamel is treated with a special drill that one of our dentists will select based on where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay. After the enamel is cleared away and the tooth is cleaned, the cavity will be filled with the composite resin material and hardened. We will polish the composite resin so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
Recovery for Tooth-Colored Fillings (Dental Cavities)
You should be able to get back to your normal day after your filling is done, but you might have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for several days. You may take over-the-counter pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation, but you should not have any major issues. If after a few days the filling feels uneven or high, please contact our office. Your tooth-colored filling can be kept clean by following a normal home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. When you return for your annual dental examination, our team will assess your filling and decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.
Insurance for Tooth-Colored Fillings (Dental Cavities)
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for cavities that are usually covered in part by dental insurance. A member of our team will contact your insurance company to determine your exact coverage before calculating your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have insurance, our team can talk about the payments accepted by our office during your consultation, as well as medical financing options.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities in the teeth may start as a small issue, but it's important to have them addressed before they become a more expensive concern. At 32nd Street Dental in Joplin, MO, cavities can be addressed with dental fillings. Our experienced dentists will match the color of your natural teeth so you get a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suspect you or a family member has a cavity, contact our office to schedule a dental examination today.