Have you ever developed a cavity? If so, you may be familiar with the uncomfortable tooth sensitivity or the persistent toothaches that accompany tooth decay. You may also know a tooth filling is typically used to repair the tooth. In the past, patients were forced to receive unsightly metal, or amalgam, fillings. Today, you can enjoy metal-free, lifelike restorations.
What are Composite Tooth Fillings?
White fillings are made using a special composite resin. This plastic-based material can be shaded to blend seamlessly with your smile, providing a natural looking restoration. After cleaning the tooth and removing decayed material, your Southlake dentist will apply the composite resin. As he cures the material using a special light, Dr. Wright will sculpt and mold the tooth as necessary. In one visit, you can obtain an esthetically pleasing white filling. If you have any questions about our white fillings or the placement process, please contact your Southlake dentist today.
What are the Benefits of Composite Tooth Fillings?
White fillings offer a host of advantages over traditional metal fillings. First, white fillings are metal-free, which means they don’t contain the trace amounts of mercury found in amalgam fillings. The FDA ruled that the mercury levels in metal fillings are harmful to children, pregnant women, and the elderly. White fillings can be placed in patients of all ages. In addition, white fillings are strong and able to withstand the pressures and bite forces of our mouths. Composite white fillings don’t corrode and can be placed on either the front or the back teeth.
Tips for Cavity Prevention
After receiving a filling, there a number of steps you can take to help prevent the onset of tooth decay. First, maintain good dental habits. Each day you should brush your teeth twice and floss once, which helps remove harmful bacteria and food particles from your mouth. You also need to attend routine checkups and dental cleanings with your Southlake dentist.
We’ll give you something to smile about. To learn more about composite tooth fillings in Southlake, TX, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Wright or Dr. Victoria Heron, contact us at (817) 481-7999. Dr. Wright, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, welcomes patients living in Southlake, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, Westlake, and the surrounding areas