Unfortunately, even with the best preventive efforts, a cavity can still form. In the past, metal was the go-to material for fillings used to repair minor cases of decay. However, many people are concerned about the mercury contained in metal fillings, not to mention their noticeably unpleasant appearance. Dr. Makadia understands your concerns! That is why he offers tooth-colored fillings to treat cavities. This option is much safer than traditional metal fillings and looks more natural.
Unlike traditional amalgam fillings that contain potentially dangerous metals and are dark in color, tooth-colored fillings are safe and can be customized to match your enamel. This way your fillings will blend seamlessly into your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings and bondings are made from a composite resin that contains filler particles, which are bound together by a hard matrix material. Most include a mixture of acrylics and glass particles. This provides a metal–free alternative for those who are concerned about their mercury exposure.
They offer a wide range of benefits, including:
After an initial consultation, Dr. Makadia will create a customized treatment plan to restore the health of your tooth. When compared to metal fillings, this process is minimally invasive. In some cases, you may not even need an anesthetic.
To begin the process, the areas of decay are removed. Your tooth is then cleaned and primed using a weak acid. This allows the pores in the enamel and dentin to open and create a secure bond.
A bonding agent is applied and cured. The filling material is then placed on the tooth. It is quickly hardened using a special light. Finally, it is smoothed and filed to ensure that you maintain a correct bite.
Due to several improvements over the years, tooth–colored fillings can usually last as long as metal ones. To ensure that they endure for as long as possible, it is best to avoid biting overly hard foods or using your teeth as tools to open packages. If a filling does become damaged, it can easily be replaced.
If you need a filling, come get the natural–looking results you deserve. Contact Sunrise Dental Service today to schedule your consultation for customized restorative dentistry.