What Are 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, our skilled general dentists offer tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect the teeth. We can also take out metal fillings and apply tooth-colored fillings for a more reliable and attractive cavity treatment.
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Am I a Candidate For tooth-Colored Fillings?
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings often cover the decay in the tooth after it has been cleaned out by our dentists. 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 our dentists about having them removed and replaced with composite resin.
How Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Work?
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 will be carefully removed by our dentists using an advanced technique. Once the enamel is treated and the tooth is cleaned, the area will be filled with the composite resin and hardened. Our team will polish the composite filling so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
What is the REcovery Process After 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, our dentists will check your filling to decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.
Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Covered by Dental Insurance?
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, our team will talk with you about the payments accepted by our office, 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. Our dentists make sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you are in the Plymouth or Kingston, MA areas and think you or your child may have a cavity, contact our office to schedule a dental examination with our caring team.