Years ago, when dentists had to place a dental filling, they were limited by the materials that were available at the time. But recently, we've seen lots of advances and improvements in the type, appearance, and quality of the materials we use to restore your teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings at our Circleville, OH dental office are an excellent example of how updated materials benefit you. Almost everyone will get a cavity at some point in their lives, but there’s no reason that everyone else needs to know you’ve had any work done.
Why We Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings are still an excellent choice for teeth such as molars that absorb a lot of chewing force and aren't noticeable when you smile. But when we fill teeth that do show when you smile, we turn to tooth-colored fillings that enhance and blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings look similar to dental enamel and can be shaded to match the tooth we're repairing. You’ll also hear this material referred to as a “composite,” because it is a blend of glass and resin particles, which is what gives tooth-colored fillings their natural appearance.
Once we place a composite filling in your tooth, it will blend into your smile, and your dental work will be your secret. Tooth-colored fillings also allow us to keep more of your tooth intact. Instead of removing healthy tooth structure as we would when we place a silver amalgam filling, we only need to remove the decayed part of your tooth for a successful, long-lasting, seamless repair.
A Healthier Smile in Just One Appointment
Getting a tooth filled at our Circleville, OH dental office usually takes only one appointment. Our dentists numb your tooth first, to be certain that you don’t feel anything. Next, they remove the decayed part of your tooth and choose the shade of white that closely matches your tooth. The final step is to place the filling and expertly shape it so that it looks like it’s always been part of your tooth.
Dental Bonding Repairs Chipped and Broken Teeth
Chipped or broken teeth can make you want to hide your smile, but we can repair them easily using the composite filling material for a process called dental bonding. Dental bonding is popular with our Circleville, OH patients because it is an easy and affordable cosmetic treatment that fills in broken or chipped teeth. We can also use dental bonding as an affordable, alternative to porcelain veneers.
Do You Have a Cavity and Need a Tooth Filling?
Our practice has been serving the oral health needs of our friends and neighbors in Circleville, OH for over four decades. If you have a toothache and think you might have a cavity, call Ely, Dubos, & Stewart General Dentistry to schedule a dental appointment so we can see what’s going on and provide the relief and treatment you need.