Composite Dental Fillings Provide a Seamless Smile
Do your teeth hurt? You may have a cavity. Montz & Maher Dental Group in Friendswood and Pearland, Texas, provides tooth-colored fillings to restore minor tooth flaws such as cavities. The fillings are made of a safe, composite resin. The resin mixture is filled with silicon dioxide and can restore decayed or damaged teeth to create a natural-looking smile.
What Is a Cavity?
A cavity happens when the structure of your tooth is compromised. Cavities, or tooth decay, start when small pieces of food and bacteria form plaque—that sticky yellow film that builds up on your teeth. The plaque creates an acid that eats through your tooth enamel and makes little holes in your teeth.
How Can I Prevent Cavities?
Brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and use an oral rinse to maintain healthy teeth. Regular checkups can help prevent more serious problems from forming and keep your smile beautiful and pain-free. If we find any issues, no matter how small, we’ll help you on the path to a healthier mouth.
Will Tooth-Colored Fillings Save My Teeth?
Tooth-colored fillings can save your teeth from further damage and protect them against infection. The fillings also strengthen your teeth for better functionality.
Our fillings can save your smile! Composite resins are not metal fillings, and we can mix the perfect shade that will blend in with your natural teeth. An added benefit is the composite bonds with the tooth and supports the remaining tooth structure, preventing weakness, breakage, and tooth sensitivity.
The Tooth Filling Process
Once we determine that a filling is necessary, the process begins with numbing the affected area to ensure your comfort. After the area is numb, our dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth using specialized tools. This step is vital to prevent further decay and damage.
Once the decay is removed, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly to eliminate any bacteria or debris. Then, our dentist will use the composite resin material to pack the cavity. We will shape the filling material to match the tooth’s natural contour. Finally, the filling is hardened, typically with a curing light, ensuring a durable and lasting restoration.
Are Composite Fillings Safe?
Not only are they safe, but they are durable and last a long time. Medium and small tooth-colored fillings can last 7–10 years and longer, the same length of time as metal amalgam fillings. Tooth-colored fillings use resins and not metal, so your filling will be mercury-free.
Composite resin also allows you to retain a more natural tooth structure and appearance. Our Pearland and Friendswood restorative dentists practice conservative dentistry, which means we preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. With our team, you can enjoy better oral health in the future and have a stunning smile, too!
Contact Us Today to Learn More
Call our office to visit a friendly and skilled cosmetic dentist if you are in the area, including Manvel, TX!