Tooth Fillings



Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health problems. More than 90% of all adults in the United States have had at least one cavity at some point. Most people would instead not advertise that they once had a cavity, which is why, at Whitewood Dental, we offer tooth-colored fillings in North Dallas. In the past, fillings were made of silver or other metals, which could cause all sorts of adverse oral health consequences. Nowadays, we use discreet material that blends in with your smile. You can talk and laugh with confidence, knowing that no one will notice that you once suffered from dental damage. Keep reading below to learn more about how tooth-colored fillings can benefit you.


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What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made Of?

For several decades, fillings were made of amalgam, a mix of various metals like copper, tin, silver, and even mercury. Today, dentists like Dr. Huy Le use more modern techniques to address cavities. Tooth-colored fillings are made of an utterly metal-free substance called composite resin. Made from finely ground glass and plastic, this putty-like material is chemically bonded to your tooth to repair it and protect it from further decay. It can also be customized to mimic the color of your enamel so that onlookers won't even notice it's there.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, tooth-colored fillings offer several other benefits. Some of them include: Amalgam doesn’t bond with tooth enamel, so more of your natural tooth structure must be removed to make room for the filling. Composite resin directly bonds with the tooth, making it a more conservative treatment. The metal expands and contracts when exposed to different temperatures. Over time, this can lead to tiny fractures in the tooth. Composite resin more effectively shields the nerves inside your tooth from temperature sensitivity. The chemical bond between the resin and your enamel prevents bacteria from accessing the inner portion of your tooth and causing infection.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

The tooth-colored filling procedure is usually painless, thanks to local anesthetic. Depending on how many cavities you have, it can be completed in about an hour. After numbing your mouth, Dr. Le will remove the decayed section of your enamel and thoroughly sanitize the tooth. Using a shade guide, he'll select the color of composite resin that most closely matches the rest of your tooth. The resin is applied to your tooth and then hardened with an ultraviolet curing light in just a few seconds. Once our team makes any final adjustments, you'll be ready to enjoy your newly healed smile! At Whitewood Dental, we’re dedicated to providing all of our patients with quality preventive care. Our goal is to spot potential oral health problems before requiring treatment like fillings. Contact our office today for any further questions or to schedule your routine checkup and cleaning.


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