Lifelike Composite Blends Naturally with Your Smile
When bacteria and plaque accumulate on your teeth, they interact with sugars in food to form acids, which will eventually eat away at your dental enamel. When this process goes untreated, a cavity develops, and it may lead to significant discomfort and severely compromised dental function. Fillings are the most common treatment for cavities, preventing the spread of decay and strengthening the outer structure of your tooth. While fillings can be made of several materials, at 7 Day Dental, we only use tooth-colored composite resin, which offers a number of practical and cosmetic benefits.
How Fillings Are Placed
To place a filling, Dr. Jing or one of his associates will first numb your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. Then he or she will carefully remove all bacteria and debris from inside your tooth. If the filling is particularly deep, the dentist may line the bottom of the area to prevent irritation of your dental roots. Using a mild acid solution, he or she will lightly etch the inside of your tooth. The solution will make microscopic fissures in the dental material, which in turn, will create more surface area for the bonding agent. After applying this agent, your dentist will then place the composite resin, which will be carefully selected to match the color of your tooth. Then he or she will use a curing light to harden the material, before trimming and polishing the restoration.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
In the past, fillings were always made of silver amalgam. While this material could effectively strengthen a damaged tooth and stop the spread of decay, eventually it would begin to show through the tooth, giving it an unsightly gray tint. Composite, on the other hand, closely resembles the natural color of your teeth, helping your smile to remain white and healthy for years to come.
In addition to the cosmetic benefits, composite fillings offer several important health benefits:
- Composite bonds with your tooth better than metal and helps to strengthen the damaged structure.
- Unlike metal, resin does not expand and contract in response to changes in temperature.
- Tooth-colored fillings are mercury-free, eliminating the health risks of this toxic metal.
- To place a composite filling, the dentist will often need to remove less of your tooth structure than he or she would for a traditional metal restoration.
Enjoy a More Beautiful Tooth-Colored Filling
Treat your cavity with a more beautiful and lifelike tooth colored filling. Schedule a visit by calling the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Ft. Worth and Lake Worth, TX, and we welcome patients and their families who live in all of the surrounding DFW communities.