About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Like most patients, you're probably concerned about developing dental cavities, which develop when bacteria creates a small hole in the teeth. To treat the cavity, the bacteria must be cleaned out before the cavity is filled. In the past, cavities were treated with amalgam fillings, which was a mixture of different metals, such as silver or mercury. Now we know that metal fillings do not bond with the teeth well and that mercury could be dangerous to your health. MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX is committed to giving our patients advanced treatments that improve their oral health so they have sexy teeth. For this reason, MINT dentistry provides tooth-colored fillings for the treatment of dental cavities. These advanced dental restorations are made with a composite resin and are used to fill cavities after it is shaded to blend seamlessly into your natural enamel. The experienced, board-certified MINT dentists in Lake Worth, TX are dedicated to treating you and your family with the highest quality dental care with advanced treatments, like tooth-colored fillings for cavities.
Tooth-Colored Vs. Amalgam
Amalgam fillings are a metal material that has been used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay for over 100 years in their patients. These amalgam fillings (which contain a mixture of metals, such as mercury, silver, tin, and copper) were the only available material to fill the enamel after a cavity had been removed. Unlike composite fillings, when someone opens their mouth wide to laugh, smile, or talk, these silver fillings are easy to see. While some people still have silver fillings, our team of experienced MINT dentistry professionals uses tooth-colored fillings to treat tooth decay and match the natural color of your teeth for an enhanced smile.
Tooth-colored fillings are typically used to fill a cavity in the enamel after it has been sterilized. A versatile dental material, composite resin can be used to treat other problems with the teeth, including cracks or strengthening worn-down enamel caused by teeth grinding (bruxism). Since the composite resin is shaded to match your teeth, tooth-colored fillings are placed on any tooth for a smile that doesn't look like it had cavities. If you're concerned about silver fillings, ask your dentist about getting them removed and replaced with fillings made with composite resin.
What to Expect
MINT dentistry uses state-of-the-art equipment so getting a cavity filled at our office is usually an easy process. To begin your appointment, a team member will help you settle into one of our luxurious, massage-style treatment chairs, allowing you to decide on what music you want to listen to during the treatment. The areas surrounding the cavity will be then numbed using local anesthesia so you won't feel any discomfort. Other forms of sedation can be discussed with one of our MINT doctors to keep you comfortable and relaxed if you have any anxieties or fears about your treatment. Once you're prepped and relaxed, the decayed enamel will be carefully removed with a technologically advanced dental drill. After the affected enamel is eliminated and the tooth is cleaned, the cavity can be filled with the composite material and cured. We will then polish the material so it blends with your other teeth and feels smooth.
When you leave, you should be able to eat whatever you want when you get home because the filling will be cured, leaving a firm surface. Some patients experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days, but that should wear off soon. You can take over-the-counter pain relief medication if you feel like you need it, but patients have little, if any, discomfort. We recommend you return for an adjustment after getting fillings to ensure the bite is perfect. Complications with your bite are almost unavoidable because your mouth is numb, but it is usually a quick, simple fix. Just contact MINT. Tooth-colored fillings should be cared for with a home oral care routine that includes brushing and flossing every day. At your regular appointments for cleanings, we will inspect your tooth-colored filling and determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired at any point. Fillings made with composite resin material usually look natural and last for a long time. To make sure your teeth remain healthy, it is important to attend professional cleanings twice a year at our practice.
The MINT Commitment
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for cavities that are usually covered at least in part when you use dental insurance. The financial team at MINT dentistry will contact your insurance company to check how much your insurance will cover and then calculate your out-of-pocket cost. If you do not have insurance, the MINT dentistry support staff can go over the payments accepted by our practice during your consultation and information on low-interest medical financing. MINT dentistry wants to help everyone in Lake Worth, TX get a luminous and healthy smile, and we are committed to making it easy for everyone to fit dental care into their budget. Speak with a member of our team to find out how the MINT Discount Plan can make your dental care more affordable.
A Bright, Healthy Smile
When a dental cavity develops, MINT dentistry offers treatment to help restore your oral health while keeping your smile beautiful. Using advanced technology and special techniques, small areas of tooth decay can be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Our experienced doctors and dental professionals will make sure your filling matches your natural enamel for a seamless, healthy smile. If you have signs of a cavity in your enamel, contact MINT dentistry in Lake Worth, TX to schedule a consultation.