ABout Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria attack your enamel. Previously, dental cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, a mixture of metals, including silver or mercury. We now know that these fillings do not adhere fully with the teeth and the mercury is hazardous to your health. At Cranston Dental Group in Cranston and Warwick, RI areas, our skilled dental team offers tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. We can also remove old metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and attractive treatment for cavities.
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Best Candidates For Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings typically cover the decayed area in the enamel of the tooth after it's been treated. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to treat other concerns with your teeth, including cracks or wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite resin is colored to match your teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on both the back and front teeth for a seamless finish. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to one of our dental professionals about getting them taken out and replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect During Treatment
Getting a filling with composite resin at Cranston Dental Group is usually an easy treatment. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger forms of sedation can be considered for any fears or dental anxieties to keep you relaxed during the procedure. Once you are prepared, the infected enamel is treated with a unique dental drill that will be chosen based on the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. After the enamel is treated and the tooth is disinfected, the space will be replaced with the composite material and set. The filling will then be smoothed so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
Recovery From A tooth-Colored Filling
You will be able to get back to your normal day after your filling is done, but you may notice a sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages for a few days. You may take over-the-counter pain medication to minimize discomfort or inflammation, but you shouldn't experience any serious issues. If your filling seems uneven or high, please contact our office. Your tooth-colored filling should be kept clean by following a regular home care routine with daily flossing and brushing. During your annual exam, we will check your filling to determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired at any point.
Insurance Coverage For Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for cavities that are usually covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will talk to your insurance company to determine your exact coverage before calculating your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have dental insurance, a member of our financial team will go over the payment methods we accept during your consultation, plus information on medical financing.
Tooth-Colored Fillings For a healthier smile
Dental cavities may begin as a common issue, but it's important to have them fixed before they become a larger issue. At Cranston Dental Group, small areas of tooth decay may be addressed with dental fillings. Our experienced dentists match the shade of your natural teeth so you get a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suspect you or your child have a cavity, contact us to make an appointment for an exam.