Obviously, you never want to ignore a cavity that could potentially spread and cause major damage to your tooth. But if the idea of getting a metal filling gives you pause, the dentists at Legacy Trails Dental of Plano may have an answer. We can repair the damage with tooth-colored fillings that can match your teeth seamlessly, thus enhancing both the health and appearance of your smile. Expecting to need a filling soon? Take the first step by calling our office.
A tooth-colored filling is exactly what it sounds like: a filling made out of materials that match the color of your teeth instead of dark-colored metal. Specifically, our office can make fillings out of composite resin, a material that can form a strong bond directly with the enamel. Since every smile is different, we can shade your filling in order to ensure that it’s the same color as your teeth. The final results will be quite lifelike, and you can rest assured that your tooth will be protected against further decay.
Step one is to make sure the tooth is ready to receive a filling. That means removing the portion of the enamel where decay or damage is present. The area will then be thoroughly cleaned.
Next, we will open the pores of the tooth with a weak acid. Then, after the area has been rinsed and dried, the already-shaded composite resin will be applied. Thanks to the acid, the material will have a much easier time bonding with your enamel.
Our team will carefully sculpt the composite resin so that it appears to be a natural part of the tooth. Then we will harden the material in place and confirm that the filling does not have an adverse effect on your bite. The last step is to smooth out your tooth and give it a good polishing so that you can show off your grin with pride once you leave our office.
You shouldn’t lose any time in having a cavity treated with a tooth-colored filling. The sooner you have this simple yet effective restoration placed, the sooner you’ll be able to take advantage of the many benefits it has to offer. Here are some examples: