Biocompatible Fillings for Cavities
At some point, most patients will experience a cavity in at least one of their teeth. When it occurs, the best way to treat it is as early as possible with a restoration that fills the cavity and also fortifies the remaining healthy tooth structure. At our office, we place fillings made from biocompatible composite resin, which we can customize to match your tooth’s unique color and shade. The resin offers a highly discreet solution to restoring your tooth, and because it conforms to the precise shape of your cavity, it also provides optimal protection against more extensive decay in the future.
How to make a filling tooth-colored
Over the centuries, tooth fillings have come in a wide variety of materials. For example, many patients still have fillings that are made from metal amalgam, which was the most popular material for over a century. Today, fillings are often crafted from a mixture of finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles that, unlike metal, can be tinted to create a natural, lifelike appearance. Once it’s been customized, the resin is applied to the cavity and then hardened for a durable and reliable finish.
Long-term tooth restoration
As the name suggests, a tooth-colored filling’s most notable benefit is the fact that it can blend in naturally with your smile. However, composite resin is more than just cosmetically pleasing, it’s also highly biocompatible. That means it interacts favorably with your natural tooth structure, and offers several important benefits for your long-term oral health, such as:
- Preserving a maximum amount of tooth structure
- Preventing more serious tooth pain and infection
- Avoiding the need for root canal treatment
- Maintaining your tooth’s healthy, natural appearance
- Restoring your tooth’s structural integrity
- And more
Natural-looking dental fillings
Besides blending in with teeth, tooth-colored fillings create a more reliable and effective seal to protect the cavity for life. To learn if you should consider a tooth-colored filling, or to schedule a consultation, call Delightful Dental Care in Kansas City, MO, at 816-942-7669. We proudly serve patients and families who live in South Kansas City, Leawood, Overland Park, Johnson County, and all nearby communities.