Dental cavities are a common problem that require a filling to halt the decay process. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of different metals such as mercury and silver. We now know that these fillings don't bond well with the tooth structure. Some patients are concerned with the health implications of tooth fillings that use mercury as a component. At Robert L. Porter Dentistry in Richardson, TX, board-certified dentist Dr. Robert Porter uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect your tooth. Dr. Porter can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment of cavities.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Reviews
"I am 13 years old and I got laser fillings by Dr. Porter. They didn't hurt AT ALL! I had two cavities and they were both filled painlessly in under 30 minutes. This was super easy!"- HW / Office Visit / Mar 30, 2006
"Dr. Porter has been our families dentist for more than 10 years. Between him and his dental hygienist Nancy they provide an outstanding experience. Whether you need a simple cleaning, teeth whitening or a cavity filled I would recommend him."- M.W. / Google / May 25, 2017
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings replace the decay in the tooth once it has been cleaned by Dr. Porter. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to treat other problems with your teeth, such as chips or decalcified enamel.. Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a seamless appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Porter about getting them replaced with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling at Robert L. Porter Dentistry is typically an easy process. When decay is treated early, many areas will not need to be numbed. Patients with fears or dental anxieties may want to consider nitrous oxide to help them relax. Next, decayed enamel can be removed using a unique dental instrument that Dr. Porter will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the decay is removed and the area is disinfected, the space will be replaced with the tooth-colored composite material and cured with a special light. Dr. Porter will smooth and polish the filling so it matches your other teeth. The chewing surface of any new composite filling will be adjusted so the bite feels natural.
You will be able to resume your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for a few days. You can use nonprescription pain relief medication to address any discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems too high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be maintained by daily flossing and brushing. During your annual dental exam, Dr. Porter will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your personal cost. If you don't have dental insurance, a member of Dr. Porter's team will go over the payment methods we accept and offer information on medical financing.
Dental cavities may begin as a common problem, but it is crucial to have them treated before they develop into a larger problem. At Robert L. Porter Dentistry in Richardson, TX, small areas of tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Porter makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to make a dental exam appointment with Dr. Porter.