Cavities are pretty common. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 90% of Americans over the age of 20 have experienced tooth decay. In the past, the only way to repair your smile was with a shiny amalgam filling that left an embarrassing silver blob amidst your pearly whites. What’s more, metal fillings can damage your teeth and oral health over time. Thankfully, at Sunny Dental, we can fix cavities seamlessly and safely with tooth-colored fillings in Lancaster! Read on to learn more about this simple but effective restoration and how it can help your smile look and feel its best.
Silver (amalgam) fillings are created from a mixture of metals like tin, silver, and nickel. While these fillings are strong, they are not very discreet or biocompatible. On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings are made of a custom-shaded composite resin. This material contains ultra-fine particles of dental ceramic, porcelain, and glass. The end result is a durable, biocompatible substance that bonds very well to natural tooth structure and seamlessly blends in with the rest of your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings can usually be placed in just one quick and easy appointment. First, we’ll numb the area and remove the decayed tissue. Once we’ve cleaned and sanitized the empty space left behind, we’ll create a custom shade of composite resin that looks just like the rest of your enamel.
The putty-like resin is then applied directly onto the tooth. We’ll carefully sculpt it into the cleaned-out area until it looks like a natural part of your tooth. Next, we’ll use a special curing light to harden it and bond it into place. Lastly, we’ll polish it and ensure your bite feels comfortable. Then you’ll be ready to show off your healthy, beautiful, and cavity-free smile!
Choosing tooth-colored fillings instead of silver ones offers several important benefits, like:
Remember, leaving cavities untreated can lead to painful dental infections and serious health problems. If you have a cavity or are interested in replacing your silver fillings, don’t wait to give us a call today!