No matter how diligent one is in practicing good oral hygiene, most people will end up with a dental cavity or dental caries at some point in their lives. Generally, treating a cavity entails the dentist removing any decay and then filling in the tooth area that has been removed. There have been many advancements in dental technology over the past few years, allowing clients more options and choices pertaining to their approach to fillings.
At Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Austin, TX, our team of dedicated and skilled dental professionals proudly offers the very latest in dental technology and treatments, including cosmetic fillings.
Most people have had experience with traditional amalgam fillings, or the familiar silver or gold tooth fillings. These types of fillings are very effective, but are also very noticeable, and they tend to darken in color over time. Composite resin dental fillings are a less conspicuous alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. Composite resin dental fillings are comprised of unique plastic dental resin that allows dental fillings to blend in with the rest of the tooth. Composite fillings are durable, strong and very natural looking.
Advantages of Cosmetic Fillings
There are many benefits to cosmetic fillings, such as:
- Material used for composite resin fillings strongly bonds to offer additional support for the remaining tooth structure
- Aids in preventing further damage to the tooth
- Aesthetic results are excellent
- Improves the appearance of broken, chipped, or discolored teeth.
- Generally last between six to twelve years, and the procedure can be done in one office visit.
Cosmetic Filling Procedure
After the dentist administers a local anesthetic, the tooth decay is removed. With a composite cosmetic filling procedure, the dentist will preserve more of the natural tooth, as the resin is bonded to the natural tooth in thin layers which are slowly built up to form the completed filling. The composite filling is then hardened and cured with the aid of a very bright dental light.
Cosmetic Filling Candidate
People with a cavity in a tooth or caries, mercury or amalgam fillings, or broken fillings are often ideal candidates for cosmetic fillings. Older metal fillings can be easily replaced with more attractive colored fillings. Come speak to a cosmetic dentist at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to discover what would work for you.
Contact Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today to see if cosmetic fillings meet your dental needs.