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.
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.