For many years, amalgam (a mix of silver, mercury, and other metals) was the material of choice for filling in cavities. Unfortunately, metal fillings come with some significant downsides, including the fact that their color clashes with the enamel around them. Today, modern dentistry offers an aesthetically pleasing alternative to amalgam fillings: tooth-colored fillings in Mesquite.
Most tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin, which is a mixture of ceramic and plastic materials. The resin comes in a number of different shades, so our team can use the color that most closely matches your natural enamel. The material is both flexible and durable, and once it is in place, it will be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. It also bonds well with teeth, ensuring secure adhesion to the tissue that surrounds it.
The most famous benefit of tooth-colored fillings is their aesthetic appeal. Not only do they blend in well with the tooth enamel, but they will never cause permanent gray stains like amalgam fillings can. Other ways in which tooth-colored fillings are superior to metal ones include:
Depending on how deep the cavity is, we may first need to numb the tooth and the area around it. Then, Dr. Rana gently removes the decayed area and inserts the resin into the cavity. A special light cures the resin, so it only takes a few seconds to harden. Then, we check your bite to make any needed adjustments to the filling. In most cases, placing a composite resin filling takes less than one hour.
Caring for your tooth-colored fillings is easy. Simply be sure that you: