The standard for over 100 years in the dental industry was to use “silver fillings” to fill in a cavity. If you’re over the age of 35, you probably remember this, might even have some still in place. These types of fillings can sometimes be problematic. They required a considerable portion of the tooth to be worn away so that they could be placed. They also are prone to expand or contract, which creates cracks in your teeth. In the worst cases, some were made containing large amounts of mercury and would even turn black! Unfortunately these problems enable bacteria to sneak in and put your tooth’s core at risk of suffering from decay and infection.
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For these reasons, Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Weyneth uses a strong & durable tooth-colored composite that both looks natural and provides a strong layer of defense from bacteria when a cavity needs to be filled.. If you currently have silver fillings and you want them replaced with tooth-colored fillings in Naperville, we’d be happy to serve you! We can help you obtain a bright, healthy smile, no metal necessary.
As mentioned above a tooth-colored filling is a white resin composite that imitate the natural appearance of a tooth. When it comes to filling a cavity or making minor cosmetic changes, such as fixing a cracked tooth, we think you’ll agree that this is a great solution. This treatment is relatively simple, and our tooth-colored fillings perfectly resemble the surrounding tooth. No one will even notice they are there!
Tooth-colored fillings can prove helpful in a variety of ways. As previously explained, they make for a great alternative to silver fillings cavities because they’re far more protective and cosmetically appealing. The same tooth-colored material can be used for cosmetic dentistry as well. If you have gaps, chips, or odd-sized tooth a tooth-colored material can be placed to build your teeth up and make the them look healthy and complete. Depending on the severity of work needing to be done on your tooth a porcelain crown or veneers may be recommended by Dr. Weyneth.
When you come into, our family dental team will greet you and Dr. Weyneth will visit with you as quickly as possible. Dr. Weyneth will start by asking you some questions to understand your unique situation. After clearing up any confusion or concerns you may have, he will consult with you to create the best plan available for treating your teeth.
If you have a deep, enamel-penetrating cavity, a local anesthesia may be needed for this procedure. If the cavity is shallow, however, anesthesia may not be needed. We’ll do ensure you will you feel comfortable and at ease during your appointment.
Once the area of your tooth is prepared for treatment, Dr. Weyneth will first start by removing any decay. Then a non-toxic acid is used to gently roughen your tooth so that the tooth colored filling can properly bond with your tooth. Dr. Weyneth will then apply and sculpt the filling, to give it the best appearance and functionality. Once this step is completed the filling is set and the procedure is complete.
Like most dental problems, the sooner you get them taken care of the less painful, expensive and complicated the treatment will be. If left on their own, a cavity will continue to worsen. The decay spreads across the enamel, damaging it and it also penetrates deep into the tooth, threatening the root. If the tooth root becomes damaged, the blood flow and the nutrients flowing into the tooth will be halted, potentially causing the tooth to die.
This could lead to losing the tooth completely and it can affect the health of the rest of your mouth and teeth. When this decay spreads into the soft tissue of your mouth it is called periodontal/gum disease. This disease can severely damage your gums, causing them to bleed, recede and suffer other serious complications.
At Sherman Oaks Family Dental we care about our patients and we don’t want you to go through any of that! If you need to have a cavity filled or wish to replace your silver filling with a tooth colored filling, then we encourage you to come in as soon as you can to get it treated.
Maintaining fillings is quite simple. As you likely already do, you’ll want to brush and floss daily and practice good oral hygiene to prevent any complications from arising. Treat your filling like you would treat the rest of your teeth. You also are welcome to consult with Dr. Weyneth about what kind of routine checkup plan best suits you. Coming in for regular appointments also enable us to professionally clean your teeth and help you maintain the health of all of your teeth and new fillings.
If you are interested in tooth colored fillings then contact Sherman Oaks today to schedule an appointment!