Tooth-Colored Fillings Creates Natural Smiles
Tooth Decay Treatment
Tooth decay is a very common oral health problem caused by bacteria and acid. The process of decay begins when certain bacteria in your mouth come into contact with sugary or starchy foods. The acid that results can, over time, create a hole in a tooth's protective enamel, leading to pain, infection, or even tooth loss if it’s not repaired with a dental restoration.
In the past, cavities were treated with amalgam fillings, which not only contain silver and mercury but are also dark gray in appearance. Amalgam fillings are safe, effective, and durable, but they’re no longer the go-to option for most dentists. Instead, skilled dentists like Dr. McIntosh are using an alternative known simply as tooth-colored fillings. With tooth-colored fillings, patients can enjoy results that are both discreet and long-lasting.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are also known as composite fillings. They're made from a combination of plastic and glass, and they can be shaded to blend in with the existing color of your teeth. Compared to amalgam fillings, which stand out because of their dark color, tooth-colored fillings blend in. No one will ever have to know about your treatment.
The benefits of tooth-colored fillings go beyond this cosmetic feature, though. They're more supportive of the tooth’s natural structure, and they don’t respond to changes in temperature the way amalgam fillings do. As a result, tooth-colored fillings can be placed with only very small changes to your smile, and they won't crack or change shape. This means we can preserve more of your natural smile while offering better protection from bacterial reinvasion.
Do You Need Tooth-Colored Fillings?
During your next visit to Distinguished Dental, Dr. McIntosh will assess your needs and talk to you about the results. If she sees any signs of decay, she may recommend treatment with tooth-colored fillings. Treating decay with a tooth-colored filling takes just a short amount of time. Depending on the number of fillings you need, we may be able to complete your treatment in a single visit.
Do you need to schedule your next visit with Dr. McIntosh? Call our office today to reserve your appointment. We are proud to offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative service to patients in Keller and all surrounding communities.