Even those who are careful about taking care of their oral health will more than likely have at least one cavity in their lifetime. In the past, amalgam fillings were the standard of treatment, and they were effective, although not very attractive, given their dark grey colour.
Today we have a more aesthetic option: tooth-coloured composite fillings. These fillings are also safe, reliable and long-lasting as a treatment for tooth decay.
If you need a cavity filled, or if you would like an old amalgam filling replaced with an attractive tooth-coloured filling, contact our Mirrabooka, WA dental clinic.
The Tooth-Coloured Filling Procedure
Those who have previously had amalgam fillings won’t find that treatment with tooth-coloured fillings is much different. The first step is to anesthetize the area so you will feel little if any pain during the procedure.
Advantages of Tooth-Coloured Fillings
In addition to the fact that tooth-coloured fillings blend in so well to your natural teeth, they are virtually invisible; this modern treatment offers patients other benefits as well:
- Less time in the dental chair. Because the composite material bonds directly to the surface of the tooth, less of the tooth needs to be drilled, so this part of the procedure goes more quickly.
- Strength and durability. The way the composite material is applied in layers makes this type of restoration strong and long-lasting. They also have less of a tendency to fracture the tooth over time.
- Less sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Because the composite material can be made to match the colour of the tooth it is repairing; it is ideal for cosmetic use. If you have gaps, chips, cracks or fractures in your teeth, cosmetic bonding is a great way to solve these issues—and the procedure can usually be done in just one visit to the dental clinic.
Oral Care After a Tooth-Coloured Filling
You won’t need to worry about doing anything special to care for your new restoration. Keep up with good home care by brushing at least twice and flossing once a day. Don’t put off biannual visits to the dentist for check-ups and cleans to ensure that your filling is holding up and that the rest of your mouth is healthy.
Tooth-coloured fillings placed at our Mirrabooka, WA dental clinic can last a good number of years if you take good care of your teeth. Use common sense, and don’t chew on ice or use your teeth as tools to protect against damage.
The only possible drawback to tooth-coloured fillings is that sometimes sensitivity occurs, but this usually dissipates within a week or two.
Find out More about Tooth-Coloured Fillings
Call Western Smiles Dental Care if you have a sensitive tooth that might need a cavity treatment, or if you would like to have an amalgam filling replaced with a more aesthetically pleasing tooth-coloured filling.
We warmly welcome new patients.