Why Tooth-Colored Fillings are Your Best Option for a Seamless Cavity Repair
A dental cavity is something almost everyone experiences in their life. The treatment to fix a small to medium-sized cavity is a filling. The most common material used in fillings is silver (amalgam). However, many dentists have started offering tooth-colored fillings for a more natural appearance.
But What Exactly Is A Tooth-Colored Filling?
The material is a mixture of plastic resin and powdered glass filler. It is known as composite and has a more natural appearance than other filling materials. This composite is customizable and can be made to match your tooth’s shade. This makes the filling almost unnoticeable.
Figuring Out If You Need A Tooth-Colored Filling
A toothache is a hallmark sign that something is wrong. Anyone who has ever suffered from a toothache knows that it is an incredibly distracting and painful situation. And while it might seem that simply taking a pain reliever will help, it won’t. Over-the-counter pain medication may help for a little while. However, the pain will be back once its efficacy is gone.
- Bad breath
- Food gets trapped in between teeth
- Pain on chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Bleeding gums when your brush your teeth
Your dentist at Anoka Dental will thoroughly examine your teeth and assess whether you require a tooth-colored filling. The assessment includes physically examining the mouth and also taking X-rays wherever required.
The Procedure for Getting A Tooth-Colored Filling
You have a tooth cavity and are probably wondering what to do. Well, the first thing you need to do is to schedule an appointment with the dental experts at Anoka Dental. You can find our contact number at the end of this post.
1. Selecting the Shade of the FillingBefore we begin, our dentist will select the right shade of the filling material. This is done to ensure that the filling matches your real teeth to give you a natural-looking smile.
The dentists at Anoka Dental will select the shade before the teeth and mouth dry out as this might affect the brightness of the teeth.
2. Getting The Anesthesia (Novocaine)
To ensure that you are pain-free and comfortable during the treatment, your dentist will give you a shot of novocaine to numb the tooth and surrounding areas.
3. Removing The Decayed Portion Of ToothYour dentist will use a dental drill and remove the area of the tooth that is decayed. This is done to prevent reinfection after the filling is placed.
4. Cleaning The ToothOnce the decay is removed, the dentist cleans and dries the tooth. This also gets rid of any debris in the prepared area.
5. Etching The ToothFor the tooth-colored filling to stick to the tooth, “etching” and “bonding” agents are applied.
6. Placing The Tooth-Colored Filling
The composite material is placed into the hole in the tooth. After which, a special light is used to set and harden the filling.
7. Adding Finishing TouchesOnce all of the filling material is placed, your dentist will shape and mold the tooth. The final step is polishing the tooth. They will also check your bite to ensure you are comfortable with the filling.
The Pros of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling
We mentioned earlier that silver (amalgam) fillings have been the norm for cavities for years. So why are tooth-colored fillings gaining popularity? Here are some of the reasons –
1. The Procedure Is Pretty QuickFrom removing the decayed portion of the tooth to setting the filling material, the entire treatment takes about 20 minutes to half an hour. Of course, this depends on the size of the cavity as well.
2. The Filling Looks GoodIn a world obsessed with appearances, a tooth-colored filling fits in perfectly. Once it is set, it matches your natural tooth, and you can’t even tell the difference between the artificial portion and the natural tooth structure!
3. Tooth-Colored Filling Lasts Long
Proper care and attention to oral health ensure your composite filling lasts about 10 years