Tooth-Colored Fillings – Angier, NC
Enjoy Metal-Free Fillings
Tooth decay is the most prevalent oral health issue Americans face. Although it’s preventable, at least 92% of adults have had a cavity in a permanent tooth. Traditionally, it’s treated with a dental filling. You might be picturing a dark spot on your tooth; however, you can choose a less noticeable option. Your dentist in Angier, Dr. Gong, offers tooth-colored fillings. They look natural, and they are metal-free!
What Causes a Cavity?
Every day, your teeth are attacked by cavity-causing bacteria caused by sugars and starches found in the foods and drinks you consume. When the sugars combine with your saliva, it creates an acidic plaque that will slowly erode your enamel if it’s not removed with proper brushing and flossing habits.
The acidic plaque will gradually weaken your enamel, leaving the underlying dentin exposed. If the cavity isn’t treated, it can infect the inner layer of the tooth, called the pulp. If you wait too long to treat it, a filling may no longer be enough to save your tooth.
What are the Benefits of a Tooth-Colored Filling?
Traditionally, a cavity is treated with an amalgam filling, which is made of a combination of metals, including mercury. Although the ADA supports their use, it’s normal to be concerned about the long-term risk of mercury exposure.
A tooth-colored filling is completely metal-free, so there isn’t any risk of mercury. It is also biocompatible because it is made of fine glass and plastic particles. It can also be customized to match your enamel for a natural-looking solution. Overall, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits not possible with a metal filling, including:
- Doesn’t contain any metal or mercury.
- Biocompatible and natural-looking solution.
- Preserves more of your tooth’s natural structure.
- Affordable option that can last for an average of 10 years or longer.
How are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
A local anesthetic is used to numb the area to ensure a pain-free procedure. A special dental tool is used to remove any areas of decay. Dr. Gong determines the exact shade for the resin before it’s applied to your tooth. Unlike a traditional filling, wedges don’t need to be cut into the tooth to support it. The resin is molded into the ideal shape before a curing light it used to quickly harden it. Dr. Gong will smooth any rough spots and make any final adjustments to ensure optimal results.
Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQs
No matter if you have an old filling that needs to be replaced or have a cavity requiring treatment, you can enjoy a solution that looks natural. Tooth-colored fillings are a preferred alternative to amalgam fillings because they are metal and mercury-free. Although you’ve heard about their benefits, it’s normal to have a couple of concerns before you’re ready to agree to the treatment. We will explain everything during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about composite fillings.
Will my filling look natural?
Metal fillings can stick out like a sore thumb when you smile. You won’t need to worry about a dark spot on your tooth. The filling is customized to match the color of your teeth using a shade guide to blend in with your enamel. No one will know it is there, so you can smile confidently knowing your filling looks natural.
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
Although they aren’t made of metal, tooth-colored fillings are durable. In fact, they can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare. You can help preserve the longevity of your filling by following a few simple tips:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your teeth.
- Brush your teeth twice daily for 2 minutes each session.
- Use high-quality floss to clean in between each tooth daily.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open packages.
- Don’t chew on inedible objects, like your fingernails.
- Don’t bite or chew overly hard or sticky foods.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
Can a tooth-colored filling preserve my tooth?
Composite fillings preserve your tooth’s structure because they don’t require wedges to be cut into it to support the filling. As a result, more of your tooth will remain intact to maintain its integrity.
How much do tooth-colored fillings cost?
There isn’t a set fee for tooth-colored fillings because the cost is determined by your specific treatment plan, like the size of the cavity. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate during your consultation and explain the fees associated with your plan. A member of our team will take the time to explain the costs and discuss your payment options. Our office accepts a variety of methods to cover the balance, including third-party financing. We will help you find the solutions you need to restore the health of your tooth without draining your wallet.
Can I use my dental insurance for tooth-colored fillings?
Every dental plan is unique; however, most policies can be used to help offset the cost of the treatment. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to file the necessary claim forms, so you have one less thing to worry about. We will discuss how your benefits are being used to pay for your treatment and if there’s any out-of-pocket expense.
Schedule Your Consultation
No matter if you have a new cavity or you’d like to have an old metal filling replaced, you can enjoy a solution that looks natural. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.