Tooth-Colored Fillings – Doylestown, PA
Treating Cavities Without Bringing Attention to Them
In the past, when your dentist told you that you have a cavity, it meant getting it treated with a noticeable metal compound that could result in various side-effects and risks. With modern dental advancements, we’re able to fill dental decay and protect teeth from further harm with a natural-colored composite resin that’s custom-shaded to match your teeth. Not only are tooth-colored fillings in Doylestown able to blend in with your damaged tooth, but they’re also significantly safer. When Dr. David Lewis lets you know that you have a cavity, you’ll be able to rest assured that we’ll treat it without ruining your beautiful smile.
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Doylestown For Tooth-Colored Fillings?
- Customized to Match Your Natural Smile
- Experienced Dentist
- A Focus on Patient Comfort
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made From?
Tooth-colored fillings are crafted from a putty-like material called composite resin. It consists of fine particles of glass and acrylic and can be hardened using a special UV light. Not only is the resin biocompatible, but it’s also easy to care for and incredibly durable, lasting for years when it’s properly maintained. During your appointment, your dentist will use a special shade guide to match the color of your natural enamel to the closest shade of composite resin.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Amalgam Fillings
One obvious benefit that made tooth-colored fillings incredibly popular among patients over amalgam ones is that they’re made to blend in with the rest of your teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable. They have more to offer than just cosmetic benefits, though. Fillings made from composite resin also:
- Preserve more of the natural tooth structure. Metal fillings don’t bond with your natural enamel, which means more of the tooth structure needs to be removed in order for them to be secured. Because composite resin is biocompatible, less removal of your natural tooth is necessary.
- Are less sensitive to extreme temperatures. Without an effective and tight bond, metal fillings aren’t able to fully protect the sensitive inner-portion of your tooth from becoming irritated by hot and cold foods and drinks. Composite resin successfully blocks off the nerves of damaged teeth, preventing and uncomfortable sensitivity.
- Better protection against decay. With a bond that’s sealed tight, your damaged tooth will be better protected from harmful substances like bacteria, keeping infections from forming.
How are Fillings Placed?
At Perfect Smiles of Doylestown, we do everything we can to make sure you feel comfortable and well-cared for during your filling placement. Dr. Lewis will numb the area around your damaged tooth if it has sustained extensive decay. He’ll then remove any debris from the inside and sanitize it. Using a special chart, he’ll select the shade of composite resin that most closely matches with your tooth enamel and fill the decayed area with the putty. Once he has sculpted and adjusted the resin to complete the structure of your tooth, he’ll harden it with a UV light, which will completely seal it off for maximum protection. Finally, he’ll ask you to close your mouth to make sure your bite matches and will make any necessary adjustments before sending you on your way.
Caring For Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings don’t require extensive aftercare in order to make them last. Simply keep up with your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing every day and remember to schedule your preventive checkups and cleanings every six months with Dr. Lewis. Here are some extra ways you can protect your filling and extend its lifespan:
- Rinse with antibacterial mouthwash every day.
- Be mindful of your intake of sugars and carbohydrates.
- Stay hydrated with water.
If you notice that your tooth is aching or extremely sensitive, it could be because your filling has fallen out. In this case, contact our office immediately. At Perfect Smiles of Doylestown, we provide same-day appointments for emergency patients to provide you with fast pain relief.