What Are Composite Fillings?
Dental concerns, like tooth decay, chips, and other types of damage, may affect the health and function of your smile. In the past, cavities (tooth decay) were filled with a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of different metals, like mercury or silver. We now know that amalgam fillings do not fully fuse with tooth structures, and the mercury may be a concern for your health. At Byers Station Dental, our general dentists use tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill and protect decayed or damaged teeth. This safe, durable material may be used to treat a variety of needs in children and adults. Get in touch with our Chester Springs, PA practice for more on how cosmetic dental fillings might improve the health of your family's smiles!
Who Is a Candidate for Composite Fillings?
Patients of all ages may be good candidates for receiving tooth-colored fillings at Byers Station Dental. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to treat minor areas of tooth decay and repair broken teeth. Other dental concerns, such as cracked teeth or wear on the enamel from teeth grinding (bruxism) and acid erosion, may also be addressed with this type of filling material. Since the composite resin is colored to blend with your natural teeth, fillings can be placed on both the front and back teeth for a beautiful, even result. In some cases, old silver fillings may be removed and replaced with tooth-colored composite resin.
How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at Byers Station Dental is typically a one-visit treatment. The area surrounding the cavity will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Nitrous oxide sedation may be considered to help reduce any anxiety and keep you relaxed during the procedure. As soon as you are ready, our dentists will carefully remove the decayed or damaged area and disinfect the tooth. We will then select a shade of composite that most closely resembles your natural enamel and layer this material into the prepared area. After the filling is set (cured) with a dental light, it will be contoured and smoothed for comfort and to match your surrounding teeth.
Caring for Tooth-Colored Fillings
You should be able to resume your day once your tooth-colored filling is placed, but you might notice some sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for a few days. However, this should subside on its own. If after a few days the filling feels high or uneven, please contact our team so we can arrange to have you return for a quick adjustment. Tooth-colored fillings can be cared for just like natural teeth by following a regular home care routine that includes daily brushing and flossing. Our dentists will continue to monitor the wear and condition of your composite filling when you visit our Chester Springs, PA office for routine dental checkups.
Insurance Coverage for Composite Fillings
Composite resin fillings are a common treatment for dental cavities and other restorative needs that are usually covered partially by insurance. A member of our team will talk to your insurance company to understand your exact coverage before calculating any out-of-pocket costs. If you do not carry insurance or have personal expenses, our team will be happy to help you explore the convenient payment options accepted at Byers Station Dental.
Treat Dental Cavities With Tooth-Colored Composite
Cavities and tooth damage may start as small issues, but it is crucial to have them repaired before they grow into larger treatment needs. If you or your family members may need treatment with dental fillings, we invite you to book a visit at our Chester Springs, PA practice. At Byers Station Dental, our dentists treat small areas of tooth decay and repair chipped teeth with tooth-colored composite to create a healthy, natural-looking smile.
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