Tooth-Colored Fillings in Swanton, OH
In most cases, dental fillings are the first option for repairing teeth that have become decayed or damaged. While traditional fillings are made from metal and gold materials, modern tooth-colored fillings are specifically designed to blend in flawlessly with natural teeth. Made from a mixture of high-quality resin material, tooth-colored fillings can help you restore healthy, strong teeth without compromising the appearance of your smile.
Dental Health Associates is the trusted choice for patients who seek quality dental care in Swanton and the surrounding area. We are pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings at our full-service dental practice.
Do You Need a Tooth-Colored Filling?
You may need a tooth-colored filling if you have:
- A cavity or tooth decay
- Minimal cracks or fractures caused by trauma or teeth clenching or grinding
- An old filling that needs to be replaced
- Unevenly shaped or sized teeth
Many patients request to have their old metal fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings for cosmetic reasons. However, our team typically removes and replaces metal fillings when it is necessary (i.e., if the tooth has developed decay under the filling). Removing a filling when it is still in good condition may weaken or damage the tooth unnecessarily or cause complications.
Keep in mind that not all tooth decay or damage can be addressed with a filling. Severe damage may require more extensive treatment like dental crowns or bridges. The only way to find out if tooth-colored fillings are the best course of treatment for your case is through a dental exam with our team. Upon evaluating your teeth and oral health, we can recommend the best course of treatment.
Treatment with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are typically placed in one dental appointment. To begin, our team will apply a topical anesthetic and numb your tooth before we remove any dental decay present using a handpiece or laser. We will then fill the tooth with the composite resin material. The filling is then hardened using a special curing light. Final adjustments will be made to your filling to ensure a proper bite. The final step is to buff and polish the filling so it matches the translucent quality and color of your natural teeth. Once the anesthetic has worn off, the filling will be ready for use.
With good oral hygiene (e.g., regular brushing and flossing), your tooth-colored filling can last for many years. Routine dental exams and checkups with us are necessary to monitor the health and function of your filling. If your filling becomes damaged at one point or another, our trusted dentists can repair it or recommend another restoration treatment.
Contact Our Swanton Office Today
Dental Health Associates is committed to being your partner in oral health. Using the most advanced diagnostic and treatment planning tools, we can help you find the safest and most effective solution to your dental needs. To learn more about tooth-colored fillings or the other dental treatments we offer, please contact our Swanton office to schedule a consultation with one of our trusted dentists.