Tooth-Colored Fillings – Panama City, FL
A Natural-Looking Way to Fix Cavities
Some people are worried when they’re first told that they need a filling. They often picture their smile marred by a highly noticeable piece of metal that draws the wrong kind of attention from the people they meet. Fortunately, metal amalgam is no longer the only choice for repairing small cavities and other kinds of dental damage. When you visit Baldwin Family Dental to have a tooth repaired, Dr. Waheed and Dr. Panouiss can offer tooth-colored fillings that won’t get in the way of a dazzling smile. Call us today if you’ve noticed any signs of a cavity in need of repair.
Why Choose Baldwin Dental for Tooth-Colored Fillings?
- Dentists That Put Patient Comfort First
- Fully Personalized Restorations
- High Focus on Providing Quality Care
What is a Tooth Colored Filling?
A tooth-colored filling is exactly what the name implies: a filling made out of tooth-colored material. Specifically, it’s composed of composite resin, which closely matches the color of real teeth and can be shaded to blend in with your specific smile. Naturally, such fillings are typically used for the more visible front teeth, but they can actually be placed anywhere in the mouth.
We place fillings in order to treat cavities that have formed as a result of tooth decay. After we remove bacteria and the decayed portion of the enamel, the now empty area is filled with composite resin. This can also be done to repair cracked or broken teeth as long as the damage is not so extensive that it requires a crown. You may notice damage that requires a filling on your own when looking at your smile in the mirror, but the only way to reliably detect such issues is to keep up with your biannual dental checkups.
How Does It Work?
We will examine your tooth (likely taking X-rays) to determine the extent of the damage and plan the restorative procedure accordingly. We’ll numb your teeth and the surrounding gum tissue before removing decay from the tooth. (This is necessary to stop the bacteria from spreading to other parts of the mouth.) We can then use the composite resin to fill in the empty space. Note that for an amalgam filling, we would normally have to remove additional enamel in order to make room for the restoration. This is not necessary for tooth-colored fillings, which can directly adhere to the dental structure to hold itself in place.
Benefits of a Tooth-Colored Filling
- Quick Treatment: It takes less than an hour to place one or two tooth-colored fillings, allowing us to repair your teeth in a very efficient way.
- Beautiful Results: Once your tooth has been repaired, no one will even be able to tell you had a cavity.
- Preserve Healthy Structure: Tooth-colored fillings allow us to be more conservative and leave healthy enamel intact, which is better for your oral health in the long run.
- Mercury-Free: Composite fillings contain no mercury, which allows you to avoid the potential threats that it can pose to your health.
- Durability: Tooth-colored filings can last for 10 years or more if you take good care of them.