Tooth-Colored Fillings

Tooth-Colored Fillings in Plano, TX

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What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Silver amalgam fillings used to be the standard for filling cavities and repairing damaged teeth. Amalgam fillings are the number one reason for tooth fracture, and they weaken teeth further through constant expansion and contraction with temperature changes. Also, many patients are concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings. Plano, TX cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ron Bosher and Dr. Tim Nguyen, use tooth-colored fillings that are made from a safe, resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth for a natural appearance. If you have a cavity that needs to be filled, or old silver fillings that need to be replaced, Dr. Bosher or Dr. Nguyen can restore your tooth with beautiful tooth-colored restorations.

Am I a Candidate for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Composite resin tooth-colored fillings typically seal the area of decay in the tooth once it is cleaned by our team. Composite resin is a versatile material that may be used to treat other problems with your teeth, such as cracks or excessive wear on the enamel by conditions including bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite resin is colored to blend with your natural teeth, fillings can be placed on both the front and back teeth for a seamless finish. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to our staff about having them taken out and replaced with composite resin.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?

For patients at Parker West Dental Associates, we promote the use of tooth-colored fillings when patients are interested in:

  • The same functional benefits as traditional fillings
  • A more aesthetically pleasing end result
  • The ability to match their fillings to their exact tooth shade
  • Confidence in their smile and appearance

How Are Tooth-Colored fillings installed?

In order to create a tooth-colored filling, photos and measurements of the patient’s tooth must be taken first. Then, a shade of resin (and in some cases, porcelain) that best matches the patient’s tooth will be chosen. Using the latest technology and software, we will create a filling that perfectly fits the cavity. After the filling has been created, we will bond the filling to the tooth. Resin-based fillings can last for many years as long as the patient practices good oral hygiene with brushing, flossing and semi-annual professional cleanings.

How much do tooth-colored fillings cost?

The cost of a tooth-colored filling varies, depending on the number of teeth being filled, and the material being used. The dentist uses resin fillings in most cases. In some cases, porcelain restorations can be fabricated digitally using the CAD/CAM technology. These are more expensive and the price generally ranges between $270-$550 per tooth.

What to Expect After Tooth-Colored Fillings

Recovery from a tooth-colored filling is typically very easy. You may experience some sensitivity in the area for a short period after the procedure. This can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Once the area has healed, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the professionals at Parker West Dental Associates regularly for checkups and cleanings. With proper care, your tooth-colored filling should last for many years!

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Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQ

Should I have Parker West Dental Replace My Metal Fillings?

Many patients choose to replace their metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings because they are stronger and more durable, and are more aesthetically pleasing. Unlike the newer fillings manufactured today, metal fillings are not bonded to the tooth, so they can be removed and replaced. Patients should consult with their dentist to determine whether replacing their metal fillings is the best option for them.

Will I have tooth Sensitivity Afterward?

Some patients may experience some tooth sensitivity after a tooth-colored filling procedure. The extent of their sensitivity will depend on the severity of the decaying tooth. Patients may be sensitive to temperature and pressure for a short time after the procedure, but it should disappear shortly after. If it does not, we will assess the tooth further to determine if additional treatment is required.

Will tooth-colored Fillings Last?

If the patient practices good oral hygiene with brushing, flossing and professional teeth cleanings, tooth-colored fillings can last for 15 years or longer.

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