About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Plaque, tartar, and bacteria can cause decay in the dental enamel, which creates cavities (or holes) in the teeth. Most cavities can be cleaned and then filled with a tooth-colored composite resin for strength and protection. Dr. Karuna Peravali, family and cosmetic dentist at White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX performs thorough dental exams on all of her patients so she can detect and treat dental decay in it's early stages with dental sealants or a tooth-colored filling. If the cavity is not detected early, the patient may need a larger solution, like an inlay, onlay, or crown, which is why it is important for North Texas residents to schedule and go to regular dental appointments with Dr. Karuna Peravali at White Lotus Dental.
What to Expect
A tooth-colored fillings can be performed in the dentist's office with the patient under local anesthesia for any pain and discomfort. Once the patient is prepared, the dentist can use a drill to carefully remove the decayed area of the enamel. Then, the dentist will etch with tooth with an acid gel to help bond the tooth-colored filling when it is placed. The resin is applied and hardened with a special light. The dentist will continue to apply layers of resin and harden them with the light until the tooth is strong and even. Any excess resin can be polished and smoothed with the drill.
Immediately after the filling is placed and dried, the dentist will finish and polish the tooth for smooth edges. Once the anesthesia wears off, patients may notice sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, pressure, and more. This sensitivity is only temporary and should not last more than 1 – 2 weeks. Patients should continue a good home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, in addition to regular dental exams and cleanings. The dentist will monitor the condition of your filling at each visit and help you determine when you need a replacement.
Most dental insurance companies cover part of the cost of a tooth-colored filling whether it is a new filling or a replacement for an old silver amalgam (metal) filling. Our office will help patients determine their coverage and personal cost during the consultation. Patients who don't have or don't want to use their insurance have several payment and financing options through our office.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities can happen to anyone, but they don't have to ruin the appearance and function of your teeth with tooth-colored fillings. Resin composite fillings cover areas of tooth decay and strengthen the tooth while matching your natural tooth color to blend seamlessly. Talk to your dentist about how tooth-colored fillings can repair your teeth while keeping your smile beautiful.