If you have a tooth in need of repair, then you may need a filling. Unlike past metal fillings, our tooth-colored options can blend with your smile. Do you have questions about tooth-colored fillings? How do you know if you need a restoration?
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Question: What issues do you address with fillings?
Answer: We typically use them to correct dental cavities. We can fix minor and more serious cases of tooth decay. In addition, we can use the same material in a dental bonding procedure to repair chips, close gaps between teeth, or even mask permanent teeth stains.
Question: Will they look natural?
Answer: Yes! The composite resin we use contains no metal and can be shaded to blend with the surrounding tooth structure. After placing the composite resin onto the tooth, we can sculpt the tooth as it cures under a special light. We then polish the tooth to ensure a more natural appearance. In a single visit, we can provide a lifelike solution to decay or minor damage.
Question: How do I know if I need treatment?
Answer: Patients with cavities often report tooth sensitivity or a toothache. If you have pain in your tooth, then see us for a diagnosis. Attending routine six-month visits can also allow us to identify decay in the early stages. In addition, should you damage a tooth, such as a chip, then you may need repair as well. Even minor damage can often increase the risk of decay or infection.
Question: How do I avoid further cavities?
Answer: First, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed. We also want you to avoid sugary foods and drinks, which can promote tooth decay. Finally, be sure you’re seeing us every six months for a checkup and dental cleaning, which helps safeguard the smile against cavities.
Do You Need Restorative Treatment?
Dr. Lawson and our team can repair decayed teeth with a lifelike solution. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Grimes, IA, at 515-278-4366.