Beautifully restored smiles with tooth colored fillings in Columbia, MO

Composite resin fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings are designed to match the natural tooth structure, so the restoration blends in effortlessly in the smile. At the office of Chase Patton D.D.S., we’re happy to provide patients with tooth colored fillings which are more discreet and less invasive than traditional fillings.

Signs you may need a filling

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a cavity that needs a filling:

  • Increased sensitivity to hot or cold beverages
  • Sensitivity to sweet foods or beverages
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Trapped food particles between teeth

 Unfortunately, not all cavities cause these symptoms, which is why it’s important to seek routine dental care. During your check-ups, we take x-rays and perform a complete exam which allows us to identify cavities when they are smaller and easier to treat. In some cases, if the decay is just beginning to demineralize the enamel, we can reverse the process before a filling is even needed.

The discreet option for fillings

Chances are, if you’ve had a filling in the past few decades, you may have a silver amalgam filling. While these fillings were originally chosen for their durability, they can end up negatively impacting the appearance of your smile. With composite resin fillings, the material can be color-matched to seamlessly integrate into the tooth. No one will know you have a filling but your dentist.

The Procedure for placing tooth-colored fillings

During a composite resin-filling, Dr. Patton will isolate the tooth to keep it dry and free from saliva. A drill is then used to remove the decayed part of the tooth. The next step is to place the composite resin directly on the tooth in layers and then a special light is used to harden each layer. Once the tooth is filled, the composite resin material can be polished and shaped to resemble the natural tooth.

A beautiful way to restore teeth

While no one wants to get a cavity, it helps to know that there are restorations available to improve oral health and maintain a beautiful smile. Still, the best filling is no filling. Decrease your risk for developing cavities by practicing good oral hygiene at home. To book an appointment at the office of Chase Patton, D.D.S. in Columbia, MO, give us a call at (573) 875-7040.

Myths and Facts Cavities

Fact or myth? If you have a cavity, you will know it. Myth, Mild tooth decay has no symptoms. Sensitivity begins to occur when the tooth decay is already causing damage to the nerve. Today’s dentistry prevents tooth decay with sealants and other conservative methods. Fact or myth? Sugar is the prime cause of cavities. A fact and also a myth. Acid is the main trigger in producing the bacteria that causes cavities. The bacteria is then fueled by the consumption of carbohydrates. Sugar is a trigger in cavities, but carbs as a whole are the main cause. Fact or myth? Cavities are the prime reason for root canals. Myth. Root canals are a result of nerve damage. And untreated cavity could lead to nerve damage, but root canals are on set by number of different factors. Facts on myth? Brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities. Fact. Fact or myth? Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheaper ones. Myth. Different toothpastes are better for different teeth in situations. Sometimes moderately priced toothpaste can be more effective. Ask the dentist about what might be best for your teeth. And always look for the ADA seal of approval. Fact or myth? If a tooth is white, it must be healthy. Myth. Under the surface there may be cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities. Fact or Myth? Teeth whitening is harmful because it damages enamel. Myth. There are many modern teeth whitening processes that have minimal harmful effects. Teeth whitening isn’t for every mouth or person though. Consult the dentist before you proceed with whitening treatments. Fact or myth? Dentists should be feared. Myth. With today’s advancements in technology and safety practices there is nothing to worry about. Procedures are as quick and painless as ever. Fact or myth? You should visit your dentists at least twice a year. FACT.