Tooth-Colored Fillings Let You Smile Comfortably
Ever had a bite of ice cream or taken a drink of an ice-cold beverage when you have a cavity? According to the American Dental Association, 91% of Americans over 20 years of age may have experienced the shock and pain associated with having a cavity. So do not worry if you have felt it—you are not alone.
Thankfully, there is a non-invasive solution that will preserve the natural look of your teeth—tooth-colored fillings. You can get back to enjoying your cold snacks and beverages without fear of jaw-numbing pain by getting fillings with Eberhardt Dentistry.
What Is a Filling?
A filling is just what it sounds like—a dental procedure that fills holes in your teeth with a material that will form into the needed shape. In the past, gold fillings and silver fillings were the most common. Today, filling materials can also be porcelain, plastic, or composite resin.
Composite resin material withstands long-term use and is bonded to stay in place. We can even replace your old metal fillings with new, tooth-colored composite resin fillings so that you feel confident about your smile again.
There are many types of fillings: inlays and onlays are common types. Inlays fill an interior gap on a tooth, whereas onlays fill the gap and cover a larger surface of the tooth. Each type of filling achieves its purpose of reinforcing tooth structure and protecting the sensitive interior of any damaged teeth.
You can think of tooth-colored fillings as a suit of armor to match the color of your teeth, keeping them strong and healthy. A properly fabricated dental filling can protect your teeth for up to 15 years with proper home and professional care.
How Does This Work?
A filling may involve more than one appointment with your dentist. Essentially, the process involves removing the tooth structure damaged by bacteria causing decay, then adding in the filling material to fit the exact shape of the damaged area. Depending on the location of work needed, your dentist may schedule you for multiple appointments to comfortably complete the process.
Your dentist will check to ensure that your teeth fit together properly after your filling has been placed so as to minimize any post-operative discomfort.
We recommend making sure your dental insurance covers dental fillings. Dental care without compatible insurance coverage can add up quickly, so it’s important to know ahead of time.
With that said, our team strives to remain flexible when working with client insurance plans so that any procedures you need can happen. We remain committed to you and preserving and protecting the look of your natural teeth.