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Tooth Colored Fillings – Rowlett, TX

A Natural-Looking Solution for Cavities

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Is there a hole in your tooth due to decay? If so, you shouldn’t ignore it. Cavities can cause a lot of pain after a while, and they can even lead to tooth loss if you leave them alone. At Rowlett Dental Associates, we can protect your health and fix your smile at the same time with tooth colored fillings in Rowlett – other people won’t even be able to tell your tooth was damaged at one point! If you have a toothache that you think is caused by a cavity, contact us today.

Why Choose Rowlett Dental Associates for Restorative Dentistry?

  • Natural-looking resin used for repairs
  • Team of 3 highly experienced dentists
  • Sedation dentistry available for patients with dental anxiety

What are Tooth Colored Fillings?

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Tooth colored fillings use a composite resin made of a ceramic and plastic compound. The material blends in with the appearance of natural teeth and can be matched to your natural enamel; some dentists even refer to them as white fillings.

Fillings are usually used for small or moderate-sized restorations, including cavities. They’re quite durable and can withstand chewing pressure well.

Tooth Colored Fillings vs. Amalgam Fillings

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Amalgam fillings – also known as silver fillings – are made of mercury, silver, tin and copper. The mercury is what binds the other metals together. This kind of filling has been used since the late 19th century.

While amalgam fillings have proven effective, they’re also very noticeable and can make many patients feel self-conscious about their smiles. In comparison, tooth colored fillings are a more natural-looking solution. There’s also not as much drilling required when using the composite resin, and it’s much easier for the material to bond with the tooth. Finally, amalgam fillings may simply not be an option for some patients due to sensitivity to some of the metals used.

How are Tooth Colored Fillings Placed?

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Once anesthesia has been applied, the affected tooth is dried. The infected parts of the tooth are removed via drill or air abrasion; once that’s been taken care of, the opening is filled with multiple layers of composite resin. Each layer is hardened by a special light. The last step is to shape the resin so that it matches the rest of the tooth.

Taking Care of Tooth Colored Fillings

Taking care of your fillings is much like taking care of taking care of your natural tooth. You can make sure the composite resin lasts as long as possible with the following oral hygiene habits:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily.
  • Cut down on your sugar intake.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after drinking staining beverages like coffee and tea.
  • Don’t bite on anything that’s too hard.
  • Schedule routine dental appointments with your dentist in Rowlett at least twice a year.
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