There are a couple of main types of fillings that help repair and restore teeth that have been damaged by decay: tooth-colored resin fillings and silver fillings. You may be wondering which option is best for you. At Weber Family Dentistry, we offer resin fillings that come in a wide variety of natural shades that stand the test of time. This way, you can protect your teeth without having to sacrifice your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings, sometimes referred to as white fillings, are made from a composite resin. This material is a blend of plastics and small glass particles that can not only repair cavities that are wreaking havoc on your oral health, but also change the color or shape of your tooth. In just a single appointment, your dentist in Lincoln will remove any decay caused by a cavity before it worsens, and repair your tooth to withstand daily functions like chewing.
You may have noticed that some people have silver fillings that stick out. These are called amalgams and typically last anywhere from 10 to 15 years when they’re properly cared for. While they’re long-lasting and strong, they do provide some challenges for patients, including:
Tooth-colored fillings offer a variety of benefits for patients who want to preserve their smile while getting the protection they need. In fact, the composite resin is able to provide you with added support because the material chemically bonds with the structure of your existing tooth. Other than the obvious aesthetic benefits of this option, Dr. Weber will also need to alter less of your tooth’s structure to place the filling. Patients also note that their teeth feel less sensitive with these fillings as opposed to silver ones.
Getting a dental filling in Lincoln will be a breeze with our dedicated team of professionals at Weber Family Dentistry. Dr. Weber will start by removing any decay from the damaged tooth and cleaning it. After that, he will apply a bonding agent and cure it using a special light to ensure that your filling is a properly fitted.
Dr. Weber will place the filling and shape it to restore the natural structure of your damaged tooth. He’ll apply the special light to cure the composite resin and ask you to bite down to make sure your teeth fit properly together. After making any necessary adjustments, he’ll polish and smooth your tooth. In just a single visit, it will be restored and protected from further damage.
For the first couple of days after your treatment, your teeth may be a bit sensitive to temperature while they’re adjusting. But after that, all you need to do is keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once each day. If you have any questions about aftercare, we will gladly answer them so you can feel comfortable and confident with your new filling!