About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria attacks your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a combination of metals, like mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings do not adhere very well with the enamel and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, skilled dental professional Dr. Karuna Peravali uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Peravali can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive cavity treatment. With tooth-colored fillings, you can regain the health of your smile while maintaining the beautiful appearance of your natural smile.
Best Candidates for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings usually cover the decayed area in the tooth once it is treated by Dr. Peravali. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to address other issues with your teeth, such as chips or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great finish. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Peravali about getting them taken out and redone with composite resin.
What to Expect with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Receiving a filling with composite resin at White Lotus Dental is generally a quick treatment. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed. As soon as you are ready, the affected enamel can be treated using a special drill that Dr. Peravali will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is cleared away and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be replaced with the composite resin material and hardened. Dr. Peravali will smooth the composite resin so that it matches your other natural teeth. She will also ensure that the filling is comfortable when you bite down and can make adjustments if necessary.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Treatment Aftercare
You will be able to return to your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can use nonprescription pain medication to treat discomfort; however, you should not experience any serious problems. If your filling seems high or uneven, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. At your annual exam, Dr. Peravali will evaluate your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Insurance Coverage
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered partially by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your bill. If you do not have dental insurance, Dr. Peravali or a member of our team will discuss the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus provide you with information on medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities in the teeth may start as a small issue, but it is important to have them addressed before they become a more expensive concern. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, cavities can be addressed with dental fillings. Dr. Karuna Peravali uses composite resin material in order to match the color of your natural teeth so you receive a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suspect you or a family member has a cavity, contact our office to schedule a dental examination with Dr. Peravali.