Tooth-colored Fillings Provide Protection and a Natural Appearance
Wesley O. Lynch, D.D.S. prefers to use tooth-colored fillings rather than amalgam since they look completely natural, are metal-free, and can bond to the tooth better than amalgam. This restorative dentistry solution provides the necessary support following cavity treatment, while easing any cosmetic concerns his patients may be experiencing. To learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, contact our Ruston, LA, practice today.
The Purpose of Dental Fillings
Many of us maintain a daily routine of brushing and flossing in order to maintain strong teeth and gums. Despite good dental hygiene habits, cavities can still happen. These small holes in teeth occur in the early stages of tooth decay. Cavities develop when food debris, bacteria, and acid combine to form a sticky film called plaque, which clings to our teeth and gums. Eventually, the plaque will begin to break down tooth enamel, resulting in a cavity.
The treatment for cavities is dental fillings, which can consist of amalgam (metal), tooth-colored composite resin, or gold. Patients are sometimes concerned that a filling will look unnatural, especially if the cavity is in a highly visible location. Tooth-colored fillings eliminate this concern since they are crafted to match the tooth in terms of color and contour.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
Dr. Lynch exclusively provides tooth-colored fillings for the following reasons:
- Their natural-looking appearance and ability to blend with surrounding teeth.
- Amalgam expands and contracts with heat and cold, which can fracture teeth. Tooth-colored fillings experience virtually no fluctuation.
- They require less removal of dental tissue.
- Amalgam contains trace amounts of mercury, a toxic element. While no studies have shown that these fillings pose a health risk, many feel more comfortable with tooth-colored fillings.
Placing a Filling
Dr. Lynch will use the dental filling procedure to clean and restore your tooth, protecting it from further decay. The first step is ensuring the patient’s comfort. He will do this by numbing the affected tooth and its surrounding area. Once adequately numb, we will clean out the cavity and remove the tooth decay.
Unlike amalgam fillings, Dr. Lynch does not need to remove much of the healthy tooth in order to place the tooth-colored filling. He will bond composite resin to the tooth, shaping the material to accurately resemble its natural shape and size.
Once the filling is in place, the tooth is free of decay, protected from future damage, and has a completely natural and healthy look.
For the final step, we will use a strong curing light to harden the filling. The patient now has a virtually invisible filling that matches the natural color of the teeth. In fact, tooth-colored fillings are so cosmetically beneficial that doctors use the same composite material in a treatment called dental bonding to enhance the appearance of teeth that are cracked, broken, or worn from tooth grinding. Once the filling is in place, the tooth is free of decay, protected from future damage, and has a completely natural and healthy look.
Compassionate and Effective Care
Since Dr. Lynch and his team take that extra step to provide their patients with the best care possible, and help to eliminate anxiety about their dental procedure. Dr. Lynch and his team will restore the health of your tooth while maintaining its appearance. Additionally, patients appreciate our relaxed, family-oriented environment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynch today for the exceptional dental care you and your family deserve.