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.