No one will ever know you have dental fillings when your dental care is provided by Quang Tran, DDS, Bryan Grimmer, DDS, and Nhu-Quynh Phung, DMD, at Smiles in Springfield. They use tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities so you’ll never need to worry about showing a blast of silver every time you laugh. If you have a tooth that’s sensitive or painful, it’s time to schedule a checkup to be sure you don’t have tooth decay. Call the office in Springfield, Virginia, or schedule an appointment online today.
The dentists at Smiles in Springfield restore your cavity using a filling that’s customized to match the color of your natural enamel. Tooth-colored fillers are made from a composite resin that contains a mixture of fine glass and plastic particles that can be tinted with color.
In addition to repairing a cavity, tooth-colored dental fillings restore the shape, strength, and function of your teeth. They also block spaces where bacteria can get inside the tooth.
Your tooth-colored dental filling is:
Another important benefit of tooth-colored dental fillings is that they preserve your tooth’s structure. For other types of fillings, your dentist must cut wedges into the tooth to support the filling. That’s not needed with tooth-colored fillings, which means more of your healthy tooth stays intact.
When you come in for a dental filling, your dentist first removes the decay and cleans the tooth. Then a weak acid is placed on the prepared area. The acid opens pores in the tooth, allowing the enamel to bond with the composite resin.
Your dentist uses a shade guide to choose the perfect color for your filling, tints the resin, then applies it to your tooth. After using a special light to harden the material, your dentist smooths and polishes the filling for a flawless look.
Tooth-colored fillings can last 10 years or longer when you take care of them by:
Foods with dark pigments such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries are the top causes of teeth staining, including your resin filling. Tobacco products also cause significant staining.
If you develop tooth sensitivity or pain, schedule a checkup by calling Smiles in Springfield or by booking an appointment online.