When a tooth experiences a cavity or another form of minor damage, a dental filling is used to restore its appearance and function. A cavity forms when a hole develops in the surface of a tooth. This void allows bacteria and food particles to access the inner areas of the tooth and cause further damage. In order to prevent this from happening, a cavity should be sealed with a dental filling as soon as possible.
The oral care team at ProSmiles Dental offers tooth-colored fillings that look completely natural. Also known as composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings consist of quartz and glass fillers that are contained inside a resin medium. This type of filling is remarkably durable, being able to fully withstand the pressures associated with everyday chewing.
The first step when providing a tooth-colored filling is to remove any decay and existing filling material that is present within the tooth. After the tooth has been cleaned, a composite filling material that matches the tooth’s natural color is applied, sealing any voids that exist. This material is then hardened using a dental curing light, giving it the consistency and strength of a healthy, natural tooth. Finally, the tooth is polished and shaped, providing it with a natural appearance. The patient will be able to immediately resume their usual eating, brushing and flossing habits after the process has been completed.
If you believe that one or more of your teeth has developed a cavity or decay that requires treatment with a dental filling, please call us at (817) 369-8000 to schedule an appointment.