Tooth-Colored Fillings in Dental Park Denver, CO
By adulthood, about 95 percent of adults will have at least one cavity, making it one of the most common preventable diseases.
Dental decay does not usually cause pain unless it is advanced and reaches the part of your tooth near your nerve. At later stages, your tooth may require a root canal or an extraction.
Dark, metal amalgam fillings used to be the standard for treating dental decay (caries), but advancements in materials and techniques now allow us to treat even this common condition with esthetics in mind. At Central Park Dental, treating cavities does not mean that you have to experience a permanent mark on your smile.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are reliable, long-lasting and offer a number of benefits:
- Conservative treatment
- Esthetic results
- Long-lasting durability
- Cosmetic repairs
- Invisible finish
- Direct bond to teeth
In addition to creating a shadow on your smile, amalgam fillings require the removal of significant healthy tooth structure in order to anchor them properly in your tooth. Metal amalgam fillings also expand and contract with temperatures, causing them to fracture or break down more quickly.
Many patients are concerned about mercury in amalgam fillings, but no studies have found detrimental effects from the use of mercury fillings. Many patients still want the added security of tooth-colored fillings, however.
How Treatment Works
A filling is a common procedure, but we never treat it that way.
Dr. Karlyn Taylor always ensures that her patients have a comfortable experience. Anesthetic may not be necessary for all fillings, but if it is, she applies it in the most comfortable way possible and allows time for it to take effect before beginning treatment.
Next, she will remove all diseased tooth structure, leaving behind as much healthy tooth structure as possible for greater stability. She will match the tooth-colored filling to your natural tooth color for a seamless appearance.
Dr. Taylor will apply the composite in layers and cure it with a special light to harden each layer. Once your filling is complete, she will polish and shape it. Finally, she will check the bite and make sure it is a good fit.
A good fit in your bite is essential. If a filling is too high, it may cause sensitivity and other discomforts.
How Long a Filling Will Last
How long all of your dentistry will last depends largely upon you. Brushing, flossing, regular dental exams, and professional cleanings are a good way to protect your teeth and restorations.
If you clench or grind your teeth at night, wearing a nightguard can prolong your dentistry and protect your natural teeth from cracks.
Are You Looking for a Family Dentist in Denver?
Our Central Park (formerly Stapleton) dental office is currently welcoming new patients of all ages!
We care for patients in a personalized way, making sure to meet your goals for your health and appearance. If you suspect you have a cavity or you are due for your next exam, give us a call.