About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry uses tooth-colored fillings to restore a tooth after cleaning out the decay that caused the cavity while making it appear the tooth has not had a filling. Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin, matched to the natural color of your teeth to remain aesthetically appealing. A filling can be a relatively quick in-office procedure that can provide long-lasting protection of your teeth.
The other type of filling is called an amalgam or "silver" filling, which we no longer use. It is unattractive and also lasts a long time, but it contains mercury which many are concerned could leech out over time.
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What to Expect
Tooth-colored fillings can be performed in our office with the patient under local anesthesia for any pain or discomfort. Once the patient is prepared, Dr. Patel can use a drill to carefully remove the affected decayed area of the tooth. Then,she will etch the tooth with a conditioning gel to help bond the tooth-colored filling when it is placed. The resin is applied and hardened with a special light. Dr. Patel will continue to apply layers of resin and harden them with the light until the tooth is strong and fits perfectly with the other teeth.
Immediately after the filling is placed and dried, the tooth will be polished for smooth edges. Once the anesthesia wears off, patients may notice sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, pressure, and more. This sensitivity is only temporary and should not last long. Patients should continue a good home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Patel will monitor the condition of your filling at each visit.
Most dental insurance companies cover part of the cost of a tooth-colored filling whether it is a new filling or a replacement for an old silver amalgam (metal) filling. Our office will help patients determine their coverage and personal cost during the consultation. Patients who don't have or don't want to use their insurance have several payment and financing options through our office.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities can happen to anyone, but with tooth colored fillings they don't have to ruin the appearance and function of your teeth. Resin composite fillings cover areas of tooth that were decayed and strengthen the tooth while matching your natural tooth color to blend seamlessly. Talk to our staff or call Houston Heights Dentistry to learn about how tooth-colored fillings can repair your teeth while keeping your smile beautiful.