Tooth-Colored Fillings – Annapolis, MD
We Can Seamlessly Repair Your Smile
According to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, most American adults have experienced a cavity at some point in their lives. Because cavities are so common, dental technology has advanced beyond the need for unsightly metal fillings. At Vanik Dental Group of Annapolis, we are proud to offer tooth-colored fillings. These restorations not only conserve more of your natural tooth structure, but also blend seamlessly with your smile, ensuring that your cavity remains discreet. If you're seeking treatment for a troublesome cavity, give us a call to schedule an appointment with us.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a substance known as composite resin, which is comprised of extremely fine particles of glass and acrylic. This resin forms a strong bond with the damaged tooth after decay, creating a seal against bacterial invasion. Interestingly, this very same material is used in cosmetic bonding to repair the appearance and texture of a cracked or chipped tooth.
The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling
Getting tooth-colored fillings in Annapolis involves several steps:
- Numbing and Preparation – Your dentist begins by administering a local anesthetic to ensure you feel no discomfort. Next, any debris is removed from the affected tooth, and the area is thoroughly sanitized.
- Application of Composite Resin – After the cavity is cleaned, layers of composite resin are applied until the cavity is completely filled, restoring the tooth's integrity and appearance.
- Hardening with Curing Light – A specialized curing light is used to solidify the material, creating a secure bond with the tooth.
- Final Adjustments – The filling is checked to ensure it fits properly within your bite. Any necessary adjustments are made to ensure a comfortable fit.
- Enjoy Your Restored Smile – With the filling securely in place, you can leave the dentist's office and enjoy your newly repaired smile!
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
While amalgam has been a reliable method for treating decay, composite fillings offer exceptional advantages that are not achievable through the traditional approach. These include:
- Enhanced Aesthetics – The composite material seamlessly blends with your tooth, making it virtually unnoticeable to anyone except a trained dental professional. Unlike metal fillings, you won't have to worry about it causing discoloration over time.
- Biocompatible Solution – Composite resin contains no metals, eliminating the risk of sensitivities or potential long-term exposure to mercury.
- Preservation of Tooth Structure – Unlike traditional fillings, which may require wedges to be cut into the tooth for support, composite fillings help protect your tooth from further damage while preserving more of its natural structure.
- Long-Lasting Material – While several factors can influence the lifespan of a filling, with proper care, composite fillings can last 10 years or more.
- Cost-Effective – Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of tooth-colored fillings, reducing out-of-pocket expenses for patients.