Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
As modern dentistry has turned to more natural looking and natural feeling treatments, dental fillings have become more like our real teeth. The older tooth filling method of using silver amalgam fillings has now become outdated as dentists have learned that silver-mercury fillings in your mouth act much like metal does outside your mouth. When this metal is exposed to heat and cold, such as hot coffee or ice cream, the silver-mercury fillings in your teeth expand and contract. These contractions weaken the teeth, cause cracking and may ultimately lead to weaker tooth structure.
If you are suffering from tooth decay or a cavity, Dr. Sokolosky may be able to restore your tooth with a tooth-colored composite resin filling. These newer materials make teeth stronger and last longer than silver amalgam fillings. They are also more attractive as they are made to match the color of your natural teeth.
Dental Filling Application
Tooth-colored fillings are made to restore teeth to an attractive healthy state and offer an alternative to the silver amalgam fillings of the past. They do however have some restrictions as they are used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or cavities before they become too serious. In order to be able to receive dental fillings, your cavity has to be small and caught early. This is why routine dental checkups are recommended to catch potential issues before they become too problematic.
Dental Filling Procedure
Dr. Sokolosky will first begin by examining your tooth for any signs of decay and cavities. If you have a cavity, she will prepare the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. She will gently remove the decayed area and cleanse it to remove bacteria before completing the restoration. Dr. Sokolosky will isolate the tooth to be treated to prevent moisture from interrupting with the bonding process. After isolating your tooth, she will place various adhesives which are to be followed by the composite material. The filling is then hardened with a special bonding light, and you are left with a restored tooth that is both functional and natural looking.
Placing a dental filling is a fairly simple procedure that is very common. To learn more about tooth-colored dental fillings or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office 1-800-509-3941