Tooth Colored Fillings
Your parents or your grandparents probably remember the days when getting a tooth filled was a time-consuming procedure that resulted in unsightly metal fillings that were bad enough on back teeth, but could be extremely embarrassing when done on the front teeth. Back then, there really was no choice, but today tooth colored fillings are the standard. In fact, many patients are choosing to have their old metal fillings removed and replaced with modern composite fillings.
Another way in which dental fillings have become more effective is that with modern imaging techniques, it is now possible to identify cavities very early on, long before they have the chance to grow and possibly even affect adjacent teeth. Now, your dentist can identify cavities that are not even visible to the naked eye, and treat them right away. Because the composite material that tooth colored fillings are made from requires very little in the way of tooth preparation, much of the time a small cavity can actually be filled without the need for a local anesthetic.
Another benefit to tooth colored fillings is that there are no health risks. Older amalgam fillings contain mercury and other metals, and it is not really known how much mercury the human body can safely tolerate. With tooth colored fillings, you never have to worry about the potential for toxicity.
Tooth colored fillings also bond more effectively to your teeth, so they are stronger. They are also less likely to crack due to very cold or very hot foods.
Installing a composite, tooth colored fillings are a fast, easy procedure. Your dentist simply cleans out any decay, applies the filling in layers, and cures it with a special light. Finally, the filling is shaped and polished. You can be assured that it will match the rest of your tooth, and also that it will last for a long time.
If you need a new filling, or if you would like to have your old metal ones removed and tooth colored fillings installed, contact us at Cardinal Park Family Dental Care. Our office is located at 2 Cardinal Park Drive, Suite 204A, Leesburg, VA 20176. You can arrange an appointment by calling 703-779-2296, or by using the form on our Contact Us Page.