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In the past, dental work was sometimes very obvious after the fact, especially when it came to placing dental fillings. However, thanks to advancements in dental technology, dental restorations are more discreet than ever, blending seamlessly into your smile to give you a look you feel great about. Discover tooth-colored fillings and how they can benefit you with Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, ID.
Do I need a tooth-colored filling?
Dental fillings treat teeth decay which has not yet advanced far enough to reach the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. Teeth which require a filling usually do not cause a toothache, but may have a visible dark spot or hole. Your dentist can help you determine if you need a dental filling at an examination.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
During a filling procedure, your dentist removes the decayed portion of a tooth and fills it back in using synthetic materials. Fillings used to be made of amalgam, a darkly-colored material. Amalgam was durable but obvious when patients would open their mouth to speak or laugh. However, tooth-colored fillings use composite resin materials which come in a variety of colors. The resin is easily color-matched to your natural teeth, providing a seamless look and no obvious marks.
Tooth-Colored Fillings in Rigby, ID
Before suggesting a filling, your dentist will use a visual and x-ray inspection of your tooth to ensure that you do not need a more advanced treatment, such as a root canal. A root canal becomes necessary once the decay has reached the inner soft tissues of the tooth.
For more information on the benefits of tooth-colored fillings, please contact Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, ID. Call (208) 745-8704 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Worrying about cavities? Now is a good time to talk to the staff at Towne Square Dental in Rigby, ID about dental fillings. Dental fillings will restore the look and function of your smile easily and effectively.
No matter what “horror stories” you may have heard, dental fillings are nothing to worry about. In fact, a dental filling is probably the most common tooth reconstruction/repair/restoration procedure in use today.
What happens is that over time one of your teeth might experience some decay. This happens when plaque – an invisible sticky substance that bonds to your teeth and gums and traps bacteria which causes tooth decay -- builds up on your teeth. Usually, plaque buildup is caused by poor oral hygiene habits, but even the most diligent brusher and flosser can get a cavity.
When this happens, your Rigby dentist will probably opt to give you a filling. The dentist will usually numb the area around the affected tooth, then carefully drill and remove the decayed material and thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. Then the dentist will fill the space with dental filling material.
There are at least two different types of filling material, silver amalgam, which is a metal substance and resin, which is usually tooth colored. Silver amalgam fillings generally last up to ten or more years; resin at least five years.
A filling for even a larger cavity is not difficult. It can be done with or without anesthesia, although most people opt for it. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete and there are usually no side effects or complications, although a very small percentage of patients have reported heat and cold sensitivity and mild soreness for a short amount of time after they have received a filling.
To find out more about how dental fillings can help restore the look and function of your smile, make an appointment with Towne Square Dental in Rigby, ID. For more information call (208) 745-8704.