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Tooth-Colored Fillings in The Woodlands, TX

Old-style metal fillings can be unattractive, and they require extensive enamel preparation. Dr. Johnny Taylor, your Woodlands area dentist, places tooth-colored fillings to restore decayed teeth to full function and natural-looking beauty.

Woodlands, TX tooth-colored fillings are the treatment of choice

Even in the best of circumstances, dental cavities happen. A chipped tooth decays. Enamel wears thin, and bacteria makes its way into tooth structure. Plaque easily accumulates in the deeply grooved surfaces of a back tooth.

Fortunately, restorative dentistry has used amalgam or gold fillings for generations to save teeth from further decay and to allow natural bite and tooth function. Over time, however, both dentists and their patients have desired a filling material that matches tooth color and requires less removal of healthy tooth structure surrounding a cavity.

Enter the tooth-colored filling. Also termed “white fillings,” tooth-colored fillings are metal-free and shaded to blend in with a patient’s own tooth color. Made from silicon dioxide (a kind of glass) and acrylic, this durable composite material fills small to moderately-sized cavities anywhere in the mouth.

White fillings are particularly useful at the front of the mouth in the “smile zone” which shows more prominently when an individual opens his or her mouth. Also, cosmetic dentistry uses composite resin to fill gaps, fractures and other imperfections on otherwise healthy teeth.

The tooth-colored filling procedure

When your Woodlands, TX dentist,Dr. JohnnyTaylor, discovers decay through visual inspection or x-ray, he prepares the tooth surface with a high speed drill and manual instruments. Using the composite material, Dr. Taylor removes far less tooth enamel in order to place the filling.

After the tooth is prepared, Dr. Taylor places the composite resin in the site layer by layer. He bonds each layer in place with a special curing light that hardens the composite and makes it adhere right to the tooth surface.

Additionally, he chooses a color which closely matches the natural shade of the tooth. After layering and sculpting the tooth for proper size, shape and bite, Dr. Taylor polishes the Woodlands tooth-colored filling to a high sheen.

Composite resin fillings are very durable and stay in place. Patients may expect them to last 7 to 10 years or more with good at-home and in-office hygiene.

The best dental filling

Of course, the best dental filling is no filling at all. Avoid decay as best you can by:

  • Brushing twice a day with a quality fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled brush
  • Flossing daily between teeth to remove bacteria-filled plaque
  • Drinking plenty of water each day to wash tooth surfaces and stimulate saliva production
  • Eating a low sugar/carb diet with calcium-rich foods and high fiber
  • Getting semi-annual exams and hygienic cleanings with Dr. Taylor and his staff

Find out more

When you see Dr. Johnny Taylor for your 6-month check-up and cleaning, ask him about tooth-colored fillings. He will explain the process and the advantage of this innovative material. Contacttheoffice in the Woodlands for your routine appointment.

Services from your Woodland Dentist

When you have a family to take care of, time can be in short supply. That’s why we provide a wide variety of dental services that can help smiles of all ages, eliminating tedious visits to other offices. From routine hygiene to revitalizing restorative care to Invisalign treatment and much more, Dr. Taylor, the dentist Woodlands residents trust, and his team have the skills and dedication needed to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

At the foundation of our services is your twice-yearly dental checkup. These appointments serve as the baseline from which we develop a treatment plan to help you maintain your best oral health. Beyond cleaning and polishing your teeth, one of our skilled hygienists will also examine your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay or gum disease. Periodically, we will also take digital x-rays to find any concerns that are not visible to the naked eye, such as a cavity between two teeth or infection developing deep inside a tooth. Another very important component of a checkup is an oral cancer screening. This disease is highly treatable and curable when found early.

Similarly, other oral and dental health concerns are relatively easy to treat when found sooner rather than later. Some of the restorative treatments Dr. Taylor offers to repair your smile include:

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dentures and Partials
  • All Porcelain Crown, Inlays and Onlays
  • Root Canals
  • CEREC one-visit crowns and other restorations
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

For those times when you want to enhance your smile, we have a number of cosmetic treatments. One of the most cost-effective is teeth whitening with Zoom! Whitening. In just one appointment, you can have a smile that is several shades brighter and whiter.

Have a chipped or slightly cracked tooth? Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin material to rebuild and reshape your tooth. If you have several teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshaped or slightly misaligned, then consider porcelain veneers. These coverings are adhesively bonded to your teeth, so you can present an aesthetically pleasing smile to family, friends and colleagues.

We proudly serve patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Houston and surrounding communities. Call our office in The Woodlands, TX today to schedule an appointment for yourself or another member of your family.

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It’s time to start enjoying a happier, healthier smile. Dr. Taylor and his team can’t wait to welcome you here in the Woodlands. Request an appointment today!

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