In the past, getting cavities filled meant that you got dark, silvery blobs on your teeth. These unsightly fillings let everyone know where you had cavities in the past. Well, that’s not the case anymore. At Woodsprings Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer another, more advanced solution for cavity restoration—tooth-colored fillings. This type of filling allows us to bring back and ensure your tooth’s health and appearance for the long haul. Dr. Sarah Yarnell and her dedicated team are experts and can help you get your oral health back on track after a cavity.
Unlike amalgam, which is a compound of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, tooth-colored fillings are free of metallic materials. Instead, they utilize a material called composite resin, which consists of plastic and fine ceramic particles. Composite resin is biocompatible, which means that it is not toxic and is capable of combining with your tooth structure. Also, composite resin can be shaded to match your tooth enamel, hence the name “tooth-colored filling.”
Although amalgam fillings are undoubtedly durable because of their metal content, tooth-colored fillings have many advantages over amalgam, including the following:
After Dr. Yarnell finds tooth decay, she will follow this process to address the problem:
It’s that simple! In just one appointment, your tooth is restored to full health.
As with any restoration, the better you care for it, the longer it will last. Luckily, preserving your composite resin filling entails the exact same maintenance as your natural teeth. At minimum, you need to do the following:
If you would like to further reinforce your teeth to protect your fillings and prevent cavities in the future, you can also implement these into your life:
At Woodsprings Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping you restore and keep your oral health now and into the future. Dr. Yarnell and our team look forward to serving you and meeting your individual needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!