Tooth-Colored Fillings – Towson, MD
Repairing Cavities in Growing Smiles
For our young patients dealing with tooth decay or wanting to freshen up their smiles, Dr. Roxanne is here to help! Opting for tooth-colored fillings is an excellent choice to restore teeth, eliminating the need for noticeable metal fillings. This approach not only revitalizes dental health, but also enhances appearance. To learn more about tooth-colored fillings for your child's bright smile, continue reading or give us a call today.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
For years, amalgam (a mix of metals including mercury) was the go-to material. Today, tooth-colored fillings are a preferred choice for pediatric dentistry. Composed of composite resin, these fillings are matched to the enamel's shade, seamlessly blending in when treating cavities. This not only provides a natural look, but also ensures a metal and mercury-free option, promoting overall well-being. Despite the absence of metals, they're sturdy and built to last, ensuring a long-lasting solution for your child's dental needs.
The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling
When it comes to pediatric tooth-colored fillings, the process is slightly different, but just as effective. The tooth is carefully prepared, removing any decay or damage. It's then cleaned and rinsed before a gentle acid is applied to enhance bonding.
After rinsing and drying, the shaded resin is applied and sculpted. A special dental light quickly hardens it. Dr. Roxanne ensures a perfect bite, makes any needed adjustments, and then polishes the tooth. Your child will leave with a healthy, beautiful smile, thanks to a method that can last for a decade or more.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Choosing tooth-colored fillings for your child offers a range of benefits, including:
- Appealing Appearance – Composite fillings blend seamlessly with the tooth, ensuring a natural look that only dentists will notice. Unlike metal fillings, they won't darken over time.
- Safe and Biocompatible – Free from metals, composite resin poses no risk of sensitivities or prolonged mercury exposure.
- Preservation of Tooth Structure – Unlike traditional fillings, there's no need to remove additional tooth structure to support the filling. This helps maintain more of the natural tooth.
- Long-Lasting Durability – With proper care, composite fillings can last a decade or more.
- Cost-Effective – Many dental insurance plans cover tooth-colored fillings, reducing your out-of-pocket expenses.