Tooth-Colored Fillings in Waco, TX
Sometimes you just have to take the bad news with the good. And the last time you visited your Waco dentist there was both. The bad news is you have a cavity, but the good news is Heart of Texas Smiles has tooth-colored fillings! This means that instead of having a dark and obvious mark in your smile because of a metal filling, you’ll have a seamlessly white smile. Only you and your dentist will ever know that you’ve had a cavity repaired with a tooth-colored filling.
Why Do I Have a Cavity?
The short answer to that question is because you eat and drink. Every time you sit down to a meal or have a snack, the bacteria in your mouth—and there are millions—have a meal, too, so to speak. As bacteria live and grow, they excrete acids and other toxins that can begin to erode the enamel on your teeth. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing between teeth can help to remove a large number of bacteria and their nasty excretions. However, without proper oral hygiene demineralization of enamel can begin and left unchecked this process leads to a cavity.
Waco Tooth-Colored Fillings
Fortunately, there is solution that is as cosmetically effective as it is strong. These fillings are just as durable as silver amalgam fillings. And they offer the additional advantage of bonding to the remaining tooth structure; silver fillings had to be wedged into the drilled out space in a tooth. This bond makes a tooth-colored filling far less likely to cause tooth cracking or allow leakage around the filling.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin, which is a mixture of medical grade plastic and powdered glass filler. Different shades of composite resin can be blended together to exactly match the color of your tooth.
Placing a Tooth-Colored Filling
First the tooth and surrounding tissue are anesthetized so you don’t feel any discomfort while decay is removed and the tooth is prepared. Then, a weak acid is brushed on your tooth to roughen the surface—similar to sandpapering a piece of wood before painting. Then, a bonding agent is applied and the composite resin material is shaped layer after layer. Each layer is dried with a curing light. Your newly repaired tooth will look, feel and perform as well as your other natural teeth.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Whether you are in need of a tooth-colored filling or you are interested in any of our other restorative and cosmetic dentistry services, our team is standing by and ready to help. Contact us todayto schedule your visit to Heart of Texas Smiles, and see the difference that our commitment and advanced technology makes in your smile. Our Waco, TX dental office warmly welcomes patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Robinson, Woodway, and beyond.