For generations, hearing a dentist say, “You have a cavity” would be enough to strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest patients. It meant you would have to get a piece of metal placed in your tooth, instantly broadcasting the state of your dental health to everyone you met. Luckily, that’s no longer your only option! At Dulce Dental, our team uses natural-looking materials for cavity repair that blends right in with the rest of your smile. Tooth-colored fillings in Dallas, TX are not only more cosmetically pleasing than traditional metal fillings, but they also retain more of your natural tooth structure, making them healthier in the long run. Contact us today to learn more about how we can seamlessly restore decayed teeth!
Tooth-colored fillings are created from a material called composite resin. This substance is highly malleable, sort of like a putty, and consists of super-fine particles of acrylic and glass. Like other metal-free dental restorations in Dallas, tooth-colored fillings can be customized to match the shade of your existing tooth enamel, ensuring flawless results. Not only is composite resin biocompatible, but it’s also remarkably durable.
At Dulce Dental, patient comfort is our top priority. That’s why, even for relatively quick procedures like placing a filling, we offer sedation options to make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable in the dental chair. Just ask us beforehand if there’s anything we can do to help make your treatment easier!
Once you’re situated, one of our dentists will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth that will receive the filling. This way, you can be sure you won’t feel pain during the procedure. Next, we remove any severely decayed enamel and sanitize the rest of the tooth. With a special color chart, we select the shade of composite resin that most closely mimics your enamel and then fill the area with the resin. After sculpting the resin to perfectly build up your tooth’s structure, we harden the material within seconds by shining an ultraviolet light onto it. This also seals off the filling for maximum protection. Lastly, we check your bite and make any adjustments if need be.
The main advantage of tooth-colored fillings compared to metal (amalgam) fillings is right there in the name: they’re designed to fit within your smile and make your dental work virtually unnoticeable. However, the benefits they offer are more than just aesthetic. Composite resin fillings also: