Cavities are a very common dental concern, affecting many patients of all ages. While “silver” fillings and “metal” crowns used to be a go-to solution, advancements in technology have led to more natural-looking materials in smile restoration. Tooth-colored fillings can help improve the health of a tooth and protect it from further decay while reviving its appearance and structural integrity.
At True Dentistry, our team of doctors understand how aesthetic improvements to a patient’s smile can boost their self-confidence. In addition to tooth-colored fillings, they offer a variety of dental services that can help meet our patients’ needs, all while prioritizing comfort and safety.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Dental fillings are designed to restore the health of teeth that have been compromised by cavities and decay. In the past, amalgam filling material was the standard for dental fillings, which gave the tooth a “metallic” appearance. The tooth-colored fillings primarily in use today are based on a stronger, more durable, and more natural-looking composite resin to fill cavities and improve the health of the tooth. This advanced filling material can create a more seamless blend with the original tooth color while providing results that can last many years into the future.
Who Is a Candidate for Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Ideal candidates for composite fillings are typically individuals who are diagnosed with decayed teeth and cavities. Additionally, the affected teeth should be strong enough to support the fillings. Patients who have more severe decay and/or tooth deterioration may require a dental crown or other restorative solution. Those who have pronounced cosmetic issues (such as chips) but otherwise healthy tooth enamel may be better candidates for dental bonding or porcelain veneers.
What Is the Procedure Like for Tooth-Colored Fillings?
The minimally-invasive tooth-colored filling process begins with the application of a local anesthetic to the surrounding area so the existing tooth decay can be more comfortably removed. This preparation also helps make space for the filling. Once cleaned and any residual bacteria is removed, the composite tooth-colored resin is applied in layers. Those layers are hardened under a special light before being sculpted and polished.
After the procedure, the numbing sensation produced by the local anesthetic will gradually subside. You may be advised to eat softer foods until the numbness wears off or take over-the-counter pain medication to manage any soreness or discomfort.
How Much Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Cost?
The cost of tooth-colored fillings typically varies from patient to patient, as treatment plans are customized to a patient’s specific dental concerns and goals. Factors that can contribute to the overall cost include:
- The number of teeth being treated
- The location of the treated tooth or teeth
- Any preparations that are needed to place the filling
Once your treatment plan has been developed, our dental team can provide you with a customized price that reflects your personal needs. At True Dentistry, we accept a full range of convenient forms of payment, including third-party financing options for qualified applicants. We strive to make the cost of dental care manageable and affordable for our patients, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
For more information about tooth-colored fillings, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.