Tooth-Colored Restorations to Repair Your Smile
If you have developed a cavity, a filling may be the easiest and most effective way to repair your tooth. At Pacific Hills Dental, we will provide a tooth-colored composite filling, which will blend with your smile and strengthen your tooth more effectively than a traditional metal filling.
The Basics of Dental Fillings
When placing a cavity, Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will clean all bacteria and decayed material from inside your tooth. This step will prevent the bacteria from spreading to your other teeth and your surrounding gum tissue. After choosing the right shade of composite, your dentist will micro-etch the inside of your tooth. Then he or she will apply a bonding agent before placing the filling in layers. Dr. Pietrock or Dr. St. Germain will use a special curing light to harden each layer. Finally, he or she will remove excess composite and polish your tooth for a completely natural look.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
In the past, fillings were made of gold, silver, or amalgam. We proudly provide advanced composite resin fillings, which offer numerous cosmetic and practical advantages. First, the composite resin is available in a wide range of shades. Your dentist will choose the color that most resembles the natural shade of your teeth. Unlike metal fillings, these restorations will not show through your teeth over time, so you can maintain your white, sparkling smile for years to come. Second, composite will form a stronger bond with your tooth than metal. Therefore, the material can more effectively restore functionality and prevent further dental issues.
Do You Need a Dental Filling?
If you have a mild to moderately sized cavity, you are most likely a candidate for a dental filling. Larger cavities may require an inlay, onlay, or dental crown. Dr. Pietrok or Dr. St. Germain will closely examine your tooth and determine the right restoration for your health needs.