About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, develop when bacteria attack your enamel. In the past, cavities were filled with amalgam material, a combination of metals, like mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't adhere well with the teeth and the mercury is hazardous to your general health. At Plymouth Dental Group in the Plymouth and Kingston, MA areas, Dr. E. Morgan Scheiber offers tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Scheiber can also take out metal fillings and apply tooth-colored fillings for a more reliable and attractive cavity treatment.
Best Candidates For tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings often cover the decay in the tooth after it has been cleaned out by Dr. Scheiber. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to address other problems with your teeth, such as cracks or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is colored to blend with your teeth, fillings may be used on both the back and front teeth for a seamless appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Scheiber about having them removed and replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect During Treatment
Getting a filling at Plymouth Dental Group is generally an easy process. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger forms of sedation can be discussed for any fears or anxieties to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. After you are prepared, the infected enamel is removed using a dental drill that Dr. Scheiber will select based upon where the cavity is located and the level of decay. After the enamel is treated and the tooth is cleaned, the area will be filled with the composite resin and hardened. Dr. Scheiber will polish the composite resin so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
Recovery From Tooth-Colored Fillings
You will be able to resume your day after your filling is complete, but you might notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can take over-the-counter pain medicine to address discomfort or inflammation, but you should not have any major issues. If after a few days the filling seems uneven or high, please call our office. Your tooth-colored filling can be cleaned by following a regular home care routine with daily brushing and flossing. When you return for your annual exam, Dr. Scheiber will check your filling to decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.
Insurance Coverage For Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for dental cavities that are usually covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will contact your dental insurance company to understand your exact coverage so we can calculate your bill. If you do not have insurance, Dr. Scheiber will talk about the payments accepted by our office during your appointment, as well as information on medical financing.
Obtain a Healthier, beautiful Smile
Dental cavities may begin as a common issue, but it's crucial to have them addressed before they become a more expensive issue. At Plymouth Dental Group, tooth decay and cavities can be treated with composite resin fillings. Dr. Scheiber makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you or your child have a cavity, contact our office to make a dental examination with Dr. Scheiber.