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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Tooth-Colored Fillings

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We are always happy to answer your questions and make sure you are informed and comfortable with every aspect of your dental care. To save you time, we've listed some of the questions we hear most often. If you have a question not listed here, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Before we start placing a dental filling, we will make sure that you are comfortable. Dr. Rahm will administer anesthetic to numb your tooth (in the case of small cavities, this may not be needed). Once your tooth is numb, Dr. Rahm will remove the damaged portion of the tooth.

Cavity Treatment
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The next step is to clean and prepare the area for the filling. When your tooth is ready, the composite filling will be added in layers, with curing in between each layer. Regular suction will help ensure that the area stays dry while we place the filling.

Once the cavity is completely filled, Dr. Rahm will shape and polish it, removing any rough spots and ensuring a virtually seamless blend with your enamel. He will also test your bite to make sure that everything is correct.

Following a filling, you may experience some sensitivity to temperature changes, but this will quickly subside.

Why are dental fillings necessary?

Regular examinations are necessary to catch cavities when they are small and easily treated. In most cases, cavities are painless – until they become large and deep. We would much rather catch your cavities early and prevent you from experiencing any discomfort!

Schedule an Appointment in Chesterfield

If it’s time for a routine dental examination (we usually recommend that you come in every six months), give our Chesterfield dental office a call. 

The most obvious advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they are the same shade as your teeth! This means that once they are placed, they will blend in with the surrounding enamel. Nobody will know that you have a filling; they will only see a great-looking smile. Because the composite material used in fillings looks so natural, it is often used to make small cosmetic repairs, such as filling in chips or covering areas of discoloration.

Improved Bonding With Tooth-Colored Fillings

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Tooth-colored fillings have other advantages, too. Unlike amalgam (metal) fillings, which require an “anchor” to be created in your tooth, tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth structure. This means that we don’t have to remove as much healthy tooth structure to place the filling. The bond between the composite resin filling and the tooth also restores most of the original strength of the tooth.

Fewer Loose Fillings

Metal fillings, like any other metal, respond to temperature fluctuations by expanding and contracting. Over time, this can cause the filling to become loose. In some cases, it can even cause damage to the tooth. If the filling becomes loose, bacteria can get in and cause damage and decay underneath the filling. Composite fillings help you avoid this problem.

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We want you to feel confident and proud of your smile. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and examination. 

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