Tooth colored (often called white or composite fillings) fillings improve the integrity and health of a decaying or decayed tooth. Dental fillings remain the number one way to stop the decay in its tracks and ensure the longevity of a tooth’s health. Today’s dental fillings are a far cry from the metal-looking fillings that were used years ago, although those silver fillings, known as amalgam fillings, are still used in some offices around the country.
What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
The noticeable difference between a tooth-colored filling and a traditional amalgam filling is that you can’t see it as easily. It is literally “tooth-colored.” A bonding agent is used to secure the filling and stop the decay from spreading, the color is matched to a patient’s tooth so that it cannot be easily seen.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is caused when bacteria in plaque is not properly removed from the teeth on a daily basis. If left untreated, the bacteria will penetrate the tooth. Xrays and routine examination are the best ways to diagnose early formation of decay. Early detection is the key to preserving as much of your tooth as possible.
Proper diet, regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist can help reduce the risk of tooth decay. Many people still suffer from tooth decay and tooth loss as a result of untreated issues. Dental fillings can stop the tooth from being lost and reduce pain, swelling, and other symptoms related to tooth decay.
We Replace Old or Broken Dental Fillings
If you have older style fillings that contain the amalgam fillings, we would be happy to remove and replace them with tooth-colored dental fillings. The process is the same as working with traditional fillings, except when the treatment is complete, you won’t be able to see the filling. We use composite materials to rebuild the filling into the affected area of the tooth or teeth and ensure it is set before sending you off to enjoy your day.
What are the Benefits of White Fillings?
Other than the invisible factor of the white dental fillings, benefits include strength and durability, easy to clean and maintain, and they don’t cause tooth sensitivity the way metal fillings have in the past for some patients. What’s more, when restoring a tooth with a composite material, less of the tooth needs to be removed, which helps to keep the integrity of the tooth intact.
Got Cavities? Contact Us For An Appointment Today
If you have old fillings or broken fillings and want to find out if composite fillings are right for you, contact our office at (405) 330-6020. You can also schedule an appointment below.