Tooth-Colored Fillings in Memorial, TX

Despite the most diligent home care, healthy diet, and regular checkups at the dentist, most adults will have at least one cavity in their lifetime. In fact, dental caries (tooth cavities) are one of the most common issues dentists see their patients face daily.

The standard in years past for taking care of tooth decay was a metal amalgam filling. Recognizable by their dull gray color, you might even have a few left in your mouth from fillings you had long ago.

But today, tooth-colored composite fillings in Memorial, TX, mean your tooth decay is treated with a material made from a blend of tiny particles of glass and plastic custom blended to match the color of your teeth. Not only can new decay be treated with this aesthetic solution, but if you have any old amalgam fillings you would like to replace, this is also an option.

If you have a cavity—new or old—call GB Dental at (281) 493-1083 to find out more about tooth-colored fillings.

The Steps Involved in Filling a Tooth

The process for treating decay with tooth-colored composite isn’t much different from having a tooth treated with metal amalgam. The main difference is that Dr. Bharwani will not have to remove as much of the tooth structure for your tooth to receive the composite filling. This not only means less time in the dental chair, but you will keep more of your original healthy tooth structure intact, which is always most desirable.

After giving you a local anesthetic, Dr. Bharwani will use a dental handpiece to remove the decay. The composite filling material, which is custom blended to match your tooth color, will be applied in layers to the tooth, with each layer undergoing a “curing” process, which bonds it directly to your tooth. Once he fills the cavity, he will have you bite down to ensure the filling feels comfortable and natural for chewing. After polishing the composite filling, the procedure is finished, and your new restoration will blend seamlessly with your smile.

The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

In addition to their aesthetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings have other advantages over amalgam fillings. Because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed to apply the filling, you can keep more of your natural tooth—and the process is quicker, so you’ll be in and out of the dental chair faster.

Since more of your tooth structure remains, there is less chance of fracture, as is common with amalgam fillings as they age and wear down. Because the composite material bonds directly to your tooth, your tooth-colored filling is sturdy and durable. The composite material does not expand and contract due to temperature changes as much as amalgam fillings either. Expanding and contracting causes the metal filling to break away from your tooth and then allows bacteria back in, which eventually results in new tooth decay. Dr. Bharwani will also let you know if your metal filling is breaking down and should be replaced to restore the health of your tooth.

Many patients would prefer to have tooth-colored fillings in their smiles rather than grey metal, so they opt to have Dr. Bharwani remove their silver fillings and replace them with more attractive composite fillings. If you're interested in renewing your smile with tooth-colored composite fillings, please let us know.

Composite fillings are ideal for filling cavities at the front of your mouth where they can be seen; however, they're also durable enough to withstand the biting force of your back teeth and molars as well. The same material is also used cosmetically for bonding, which involves repairing chips and cracks in the teeth.

Dental Bonding for Cosmetic Concerns

Are you living with chipped or broken teeth? Maybe you've been embarrassed about discolored teeth since you've had no luck with teeth whitening? Perhaps it's the gaps or spaces between your teeth that have you feeling self-conscious? Did you know that simple cosmetic bonding can eliminate these cosmetic concerns and enhance your smile?

Dental bonding in Houston with composite resin material is a quick and effective way to get rid of small cosmetic concerns from your smile. Dr. Bharwani will add the customized composite to your teeth to repair or cover imperfections, such as:

  • Spacing between teeth
  • Oddly shaped teeth
  • Teeth with size discrepancies
  • Teeth that are discolored or stained
  • Small fractures or chipped teeth

Cosmetic bonding is often less expensive than other dental treatments and it can typically be finished during one visit to GB Dental so you can enjoy your new smile right away. If you think that dental bonding might benefit your smile, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bharwani to learn more.

Preventing Tooth Decay

If you would like to avoid the need for dental fillings all together, your best defense against tooth decay is an excellent home care routine and your six-month preventive cleanings and checkups at GB Dental. Visiting your dentist in Memorial, TX routinely allows him to detect many concerns like tooth decay and gum disease as early as possible, and maybe even help you avoid the need for a filling.

We use x-rays and your dental exam to spot problem areas where tooth decay may be occurring. Your dental hygienist will remove the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay during your professional cleaning to help keep cavities at bay. 

You can also prevent the plaque buildup that leads to tooth decay by being diligent about brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once. Using proper techniques for brushing and flossing ensures that you effectively remove plaque buildup. If you need a reminder on the best methods for brushing and flossing, your hygienist is happy to provide you with a demonstration. 

You might also consider switching to an electric toothbrush if you haven't already. An electric toothbrush takes the guesswork out of brushing and does the hard work for you. It even times your brushing for two minutes and alerts you if you're brushing too aggressively in order to protect your gum tissue. Our hygienists report less plaque buildup in patients who use an electric toothbrush as opposed to those who don't, which equates to fewer chances for tooth decay and cavities to occur.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Most dental insurance plans offer some coverage for tooth-colored fillings. Our treatment coordinator is happy to research your particular insurance plan and give you an estimate of what your out-of-pocket cost for tooth-colored fillings will be.

If Dr. Bharwani has diagnosed tooth decay or a cavity in your tooth, it's important to be proactive about getting a filling for your tooth. Tooth decay that is allowed to progress will eventually reach the nerve of your tooth, where it could result in a painful infection. Now, a simple filling will not be enough to restore your tooth. Instead, you'll need root canal treatment to eliminate your infection and preserve your tooth.

Find Out More about the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

If you want to find out more about getting a new cavity filled or getting your old amalgam fillings replaced, call GB Dental. We offer tooth-colored fillings in Memorial, TX for an attractive, aesthetic look. Call us today!