About Tooth-Colored Fillings
At Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA, Dr. Jeffrey Allred uses tooth-colored fillings to fill and seal the area of the tooth that has been infected by a cavity. Typically, cavities and tooth decay are detected during an annual dental examination, and fillings can be used to repair these areas. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to fix cracked or broken teeth, as well as teeth that have been damaged by continual grinding or nail biting. Since they are made from a composite resin that can be matched to the patient's tooth color exactly, tooth-colored fillings appear natural and maintain the aesthetic appearance of the smile. With proper care, tooth-colored fillings can last and protect your teeth for several years.
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What to Expect
Tooth-colored fillings are performed at Allred Dental under local anesthesia to avoid any pain and discomfort. Once the patient is prepared, Dr. Allred can use a drill to carefully remove the decayed area of the enamel. Then, he will etch the tooth with an acid gel to help bond the tooth-colored filling when it is placed. The resin is applied and hardened with a special light. Dr. Allred will continue to apply layers of resin and harden them with the light until the tooth is strong and even. Any excess resin can be polished and smoothed with the drill.
Immediately after the filling is placed and dried, Dr. Allred will finish and polish the tooth for smooth edges. Once the anesthesia wears off, patients may notice sensitivity to heat, cold, sweetness, pressure, and more. This sensitivity is only temporary and should not last more than 1 – 2 weeks. Patients should continue a good home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Allred will monitor the condition of your filling at each visit and help you determine when you need a replacement.
Most dental insurance companies cover part of the tooth-colored filling cost whether it is a new filling or a replacement for an old silver amalgam (metal) filling. Our office will help patients determine their coverage and personal cost during the consultation. Patients who don't have or don't want to use their insurance have several payment and financing options through our office.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities can happen to anyone, but they don't have to ruin the appearance and function of your teeth with tooth-colored fillings. Resin composite fillings cover areas of tooth decay and strengthen the tooth while matching your natural tooth color to blend seamlessly. Contact Allred Dental about how tooth-colored fillings can repair your teeth while keeping your smile beautiful.