For years, a filling meant receiving a metal restoration that repaired tooth decay, but stood against the rest of your tooth. Now, we can provide a more lifelike alternative using a metal-free material. What is a composite resin filling and how does placing one differ from a metal alternative?
Composite Resin vs. Metal
Composite resin contains no metal at all, which means the restoration is safe for patients with metal allergies, as well as pregnant women and young children. The material can also be shaded to match the color of your tooth, allowing the completed filling to blend seamlessly with your smile. In one visit we can repair decay and allow you to maintain a bright and beautiful smile.
Placement and Maintenance
Placement begins with the removal of decay and a thorough cleaning of the tooth. We then prepare the composite resin and apply it to the tooth. The dentist can shade the tooth as it cures under a light. Once cured, we completed the procedure by polishing the tooth for a more lifelike appearance. Keeping your filling strong, and also aiding in cavity prevention, means you need to continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss each night before bed. We also suggest having your teeth cleaned every six months and cutting back on sugary food and drinks.
The Dangers of Untreated Tooth Decay
Tooth decay don’t stop growing an spreading until treated, which means that eventually harmful bacteria can come into contact with the inner pulp, your tooth’s nerve center. You can then develop a painful infection or abscess that threatens the health and appearance of your smile. If you have any questions or concerns about treating cavities or about placing a filling, then contact our team today!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR COMPOSITE RESIN FILLINGS?
At Mai Dentistry, we can provide a natural looking solution to tooth decay! To learn more about our practice, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.