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) 844-4255.