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Tooth-Colored (Composite) Fillings in Houston, TX

Explaining Composite Fillings

A composite filling, which resembles the natural color of teeth, is utilized to mend teeth that have been affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or other issues.

The decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed and subsequently replaced with a composite filling. There are several options when it comes to filling materials, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It is recommended to consult with your dentist to determine the most suitable options for restoring your teeth.

Currently, composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings are the most commonly used. Due to their tooth-colored appearance, composite fillings can be easily matched to the color of existing teeth, making them ideal for use on front teeth or other visible parts of the mouth.

Similar to other dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may require replacement in the future. However, they are highly durable and can provide a long-lasting, aesthetically pleasing smile for many years.

The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

At Evolution Dentistry in Houston, TX, our tooth-colored fillings provide exceptional advantages when compared to traditional fillings. Our tooth-colored fillings:
– Maintain the natural color of your tooth, ensuring a seamless blend with your smile
– Do not include any potentially harmful heavy metals, prioritizing your overall well-being
– Minimize the risk of tooth cracks or fractures, offering enhanced protection for your teeth
– Can be effortlessly and swiftly placed by our skilled team
– Preserve a larger portion of your natural tooth, promoting dental health in the long run
– Minimize tooth sensitivity, ensuring a more comfortable experience during and after the procedure
– Exhibit exceptional durability, promising long-lasting results.

Who would be an ideal candidate for tooth-colored fillings?

Composite resin tooth-colored fillings are commonly utilized to seal decay in teeth that have been treated by Dr. Kheir. This versatile material also offers a solution for other dental issues, such as chips or enamel erosion caused by bruxism (teeth grinding). The composite resin, which precisely matches the color of your teeth, can be applied to both front and back teeth, resulting in a seamless and aesthetically pleasing finish. If you currently have metal fillings, it may be worth discussing with Dr. Kheir the possibility of replacing them with composite resin.

How Do Composite Fillings Get Installed?

Composite fillings are typically inserted during a single dental appointment. Your dentist will numb the tooth and eliminate any decay that may be present. Afterward, the area will be thoroughly cleansed and meticulously prepared to ensure optimal conditions for the new filling. In cases where the decay is close to the tooth’s nerve, a special protective medication will be applied. The composite filling will then be meticulously positioned, shaped, and polished, bringing your tooth back to its original shape and functionality.

Initially, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures after the composite fillings are placed. However, this sensitivity should diminish as your tooth gradually adjusts to the presence of the new filling. To ensure the longevity of your fillings, you will receive instructions on proper care following your treatment. Practicing good oral hygiene, maintaining healthy eating habits, and scheduling regular dental check-ups will all contribute to the extended lifespan of your new fillings.

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Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, are dental restorations used to repair teeth that have suffered decay or damage. These fillings are made from a blend of plastic resins and finely ground glass particles, resulting in a natural tooth color that helps them blend seamlessly with the patient’s teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings differ from traditional silver amalgam fillings in terms of appearance and composition. While silver amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals, tooth-colored fillings are composed of a more aesthetically pleasing combination of plastic and glass particles. This makes them virtually invisible in the mouth, unlike their silver counterparts.
Tooth-colored fillings offer several advantages over silver amalgam fillings. Firstly, they provide a more natural and attractive appearance since they closely match the color and translucency of natural teeth. Additionally, tooth-colored fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure during the restoration process, as they bond directly to the tooth. They are also less sensitive to temperature changes, reducing the risk of tooth fractures caused by expansion and contraction commonly associated with metal fillings.
The lifespan of tooth-colored fillings can vary depending on various factors, including the size and location of the filling, the patient’s oral hygiene habits, and their dietary choices. However, on average, tooth-colored fillings can last between 7 to 10 years or even longer with proper care.
Some patients may experience temporary tooth sensitivity after getting a tooth-colored filling, especially if the restoration has been deep or close to the nerve. This sensitivity usually subsides within a few weeks. If the sensitivity persists or worsens, it is advisable to consult a dentist.
Tooth-colored fillings are suitable for most small to medium-sized cavities. However, in cases where a filling is very large or the tooth structure has been significantly compromised, alternative treatments like dental crowns may be recommended to ensure the tooth’s long-term strength and stability.
The cost of tooth-colored fillings can vary based on factors such as the size and location of the filling, the complexity of the procedure, and the region. Generally, tooth-colored fillings may be slightly more expensive than silver amalgam fillings, but many patients find the natural appearance and other benefits well worth the investment.
The process of placing a tooth-colored filling involves several steps. Initially, the dentist removes the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth using specialized dental instruments. Then, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the filling. The dentist applies layers of composite resin material to the tooth, shaping and sculpting it to match the natural tooth contours. Lastly, a special curing light is used to harden the filling material, ensuring its durability.