No one wants to hear that they have a cavity. Proper brushing and flossing, healthy food choices, and regular exams and cleanings at our Frisco dental office can minimize your chances of hearing this statement, but sometimes a cavity can develop despite your best efforts to keep your teeth clean and healthy. When this happens, Stonebriar Family Dentistry offers a beautiful, natural-looking restoration for the treatment of cavities – tooth-colored composite fillings.
Composite vs. Amalgam
For many years, silver amalgam fillings were the dental industry standard, but advances in modern dentistry have given us an alternative that offers many benefits over the old silver amalgam:
- Tooth-colored fillings have a better aesthetic. They match the color of your natural teeth for a virtually invisible restoration.
- Composite expands and contracts less when brought into contact with changes in temperature, which means less danger of cracking your tooth through expansion.
- Unlike silver amalgam, the tooth-colored composite resin bonds directly to your natural tooth rather than needing "anchors" carved into the tooth material. This allows us to leave more healthy tooth material in place during a filling, keeping your tooth stronger in the long term.
How Are Composite Fillings Made?
When you arrive at your appointment for your filling, we will first numb the area using a local anesthetic. The decayed portion of your tooth will be removed with a dental drill and the tooth will be cleaned. Dr. Chitre will then use a mild acid to lightly etch the tooth surface. This creates a rough surface that creates a stronger bond with the composite resin filling.
We use the SonicFill system in our dental practice, which utilizes sonic technology to create strong, beautiful composite fillings even in large back molars in one easy step. This helps get you in and out faster without compromising the quality of your restoration. Once the composite has been placed in the tooth using the SonicFill, it is cured with a special light to harden it immediately.
Your composite filling will look and feel just like your natural tooth and can be cared for with the same brushing and flossing techniques used on your other teeth. No special care is necessary.
I Have Silver Fillings. Should I Get Them Replaced?
While we don't recommend or place silver amalgam fillings in our Frisco dental office, we realize many patients already have these silver fillings. Amalgam fillings are not dangerous in any way, but they can be unsightly and cause teeth to appear dark or stained due to the silver filling showing through the translucent enamel. If you are interested in replacing your silver amalgam fillings with composite fillings, we may be able to help.
Beautiful Restorations with Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
If you need a filling and are interested in finding out more about the composite fillings we offer, call now to schedule an appointment.