Tooth-Colored Fillings in Chesterfield MO
Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is our top priority, but sometimes even the best cared-for teeth can develop a cavity. Fortunately, with modern dental technology, a filling can be an invisible restoration that blends in with your natural teeth. Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite fillings, can fix a cavity without darkening your beautiful smile. They can also be used for cosmetic improvements such as changing a tooth's color or shape.
Why Do I Need a Filling?
Fillings are primarily used to treat dental caries, or cavities. Cavities form when bacteria in your mouth adhere to the surface of your teeth. The bacteria form a film known as plaque, and if plaque is not removed, it can develop into tartar, which adheres to your teeth like cement. Bacteria thrive in dental plaque and as they feed on the residue on your teeth, they create an acidic environment, which causes the enamel of your tooth to decay, forming a cavity.
Unlike most of our body's outer coverings, such as skin and hair, tooth material does not replenish itself or grow back. Once a cavity has formed in your tooth, the tooth must be restored with a material such as silver amalgam, porcelain, or resin to protect the remaining tooth structure and restore its strength.
In our Chesterfield dental office, we offer tooth-colored composite resin fillings. In addition to looking natural, we feel they are better for your teeth by allowing us to save tooth structure and provide a strong seal to keep bacteria out. It is well known that silver fillings can cause cracks in teeth that can ultimately result in the loss of the tooth.
Catching and treating cavities early is always better for your teeth. A small filling will keep your tooth strong and healthy and keep your out-of-pocket costs lower. Better to fill a cavity now than wait until it requires more expensive treatment or is too decayed to be saved!
The Filling Process
Dr. Rahm will numb the area around the tooth so you won't feel any pain during your treatment. The area of decay will be removed and cleaned, and a mild acid will be applied to the surface to lightly etch it and provide a stronger bond with the composite resin. Dr. Rahm will match the composite to your natural teeth and then fill the tooth. Finally, the resin is light-cured, and any extra material is removed.
You may be tender and sore around the affected tooth for a day or two after your filling. Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen should be sufficient to treat any soreness. If you have severe pain or pain that does not resolve within 48 hours, please contact our office for a follow-up appointment.
Natural Looking Tooth-Colored Fillings For a Healthy Smile
If you have a cavity in need of a filling, contact our Chesterfield, MO dental office to schedule an appointment today.