Tooth Colored Fillings
Occasionally kids may get a cavity and would require a filling. We are a mercury-free practice and exclusively use tooth colored composite fillings instead of ugly amalgam fillings! These fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure and are color matched to your tooth.
At Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry we offer teeth colored, white fillings and restoration services. These fillings are used to treat small cavities that have formed and help prevent cavities from growing into anything larger where serious procedures would be needed.
We are a mercury-free practice and exclusively use tooth colored composite fillings instead of ugly amalgam fillings! These fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure and are color matched to your tooth.
What are Fillings?
Fillings are used to combat tooth decay and cavities when they have formed at an early stage. Pediatric dentists will use fillings after removing diseased portions of a tooth and then restore the tooth using fillings. These fillings will allow patients to keep their original teeth, with no diseased sections, while also retaining the tooth’s original shape.
Teeth fillings also help prevent future cavities by combating bacteria that creates these cavities. Once fillings are applied, bacteria is unable to return to these recently diseased portions of the teeth. This helps cavities from growing larger and preventing further risk of decay and disease.
Also known as composite resins, these tooth colored fillings provide the functionality and durability of traditional fillings while also ensuring teeth look natural. Rather than having gold or metal on your teeth, when these white colored fillings are applied, they are almost inconspicuous to the naked eye.
These tooth colored fillings are optimal for correcting small to medium sized cavities and can be used to treat both front and back teeth. These composite fillings are also quick and easy to replace and can be completed in one pediatric dental visit.
Tooth colored fillings do not last as long as traditional fillings that come in silver, however for pediatric dental care this isn’t a problem. As many of our patients have their primary, or baby teeth in, these fillings can last from 3 to 10 years. This is fine as many of our patients primary teeth will eventually fall out to be replaced by permanent teeth.
So when it comes to our pediatric clients, the tooth colored fillings not only are perfect for fighting against cavities, but also provide the aesthetic and cosmetic benefits of a beautiful set of white teeth.
How are Fillings Placed?
Applying fillings are a pretty straightforward procedure that many parents should be familiar with.
Anesthesia: Before the fillings are placed, anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the tooth to prevent pain or discomfort.
Removal of Tooth Decay:Once the anesthesia has been applied and has set in, the removal of tooth decay will begin. The pediatric dentist, Dr. Dan, will begin eliminating all the decayed areas of a tooth.
Etching: After the tooth decay has been removed, the tooth will then be prepared for placement of the filling. The tooth will be etched with an acid gel which will help keep the filling together with the tooth.
Applying the Filling: The filling will then be applied to the recently etched tooth and the dentist will let it harden so that the filling can set in. This process will only take seconds.
Polishing: Once the filling has finished being placed and hardened, the tooth will then polish the tooth and filling to ensure that the tooth and filling look seamless for a beautiful smile!
Overall the procedure is a simple, yet important one. By applying fillings early, cavities can be stopped in their tracks and we can prevent any major decay or diseases from spreading.
At Showtime Smiles Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry we make everything fun and comfortable for patients, so parents can feel safe knowing that they have the best care for their child while also getting a pleasant, comfortable experience for their child.