what is a tooth-colored filling?
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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"Great first time experience. My dental hygienist was very sweet, had great bedside manners. I came in for a regular check up/cleaning, and a consultation. The dentist who did my consultation was also very nice and informed me about my treatment plan. I would recommend them to my friends and family."- L.C. / Google / Sep 24, 2021
"My appointment was at 11 am for a cleaning. Hygienist (Mary) greeted me right on time. She was very friendly and showed concern for the health of my teeth by asking a series of questions. The cleaning was very thorough and complete. Very pleased with the entire experience. Larry K."- L.K. / Google / Sep 22, 2021
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who is a good candidate for dental 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 should I expect during tooth filling 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.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER A dental filling is placed?
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.
will dental insurance cover tooth-colored 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.
prevent tooth decay
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.