Tooth-Colored Fillings Overview
Tooth decay is a common concern that impacts the overall health and wellness of your smile. While patients of all ages are susceptible, tooth decay occurs when harmful, acid-producing bacteria eat away at the enamel, resulting in a cavity. Dr. Jireh Yue of Made Ya Smile Dental restores the health of a tooth by placing tooth-colored, or composite, fillings made of durable material that blends in with your smile. These fillings may also be used to fix minor cosmetic issues such as chipped and fractured teeth to reestablish your appearance.
Previously, many dental practitioners have used amalgam (silver) fillings for this procedure, but now modern facilities understand that amalgam can cause certain health risks and may not bond well to the teeth. Composite resin, however, is a more conservative approach to bring back the health of your smile in a discreet way. Dr. Yue may even replace old amalgam fillings so you can have a more natural look. To learn more about composite fillings in Houston, TX, contact our family dental practice.
Best Candidates for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Made Ya Smile Dental uses composite resin material work to strengthen and rebuild a tooth's structure as well as treat minor damage and tooth decay for the front and back teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are preferred over amalgam for many reasons, but it basically allows Dr. Yue to use more conservative methods of treatment. To place composite fillings, we don't have to remove much tooth structure than compared to amalgam material.
Tooth-colored fillings may be recommended by our facility if you have tooth decay, chipped teeth, worn tooth enamel, or uneven biting edges. This restorative or cosmetic treatment is also perfect for patients who want to trade their old amalgam fillings for a more aesthetic and healthy option. To place a filling, Made Ya Smile Dental will help select a color or shade of material to match your surrounding teeth. They blend in naturally for a long-lasting, durable smile that feels smooth to the touch.
What To Expect with Tooth-Colored Fillings
Most patients can expect to have their composite filling placed in one simple procedure at our clinic. With over three decades of experience, Made Ya Smile Dental can restore the health of the teeth for patients of all ages. Our team uses a gentle chairside approach for all procedures and offer calming sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed. We begin by numbing the tooth and the surrounding tissues, then gently remove the damaged areas of the tooth using our state-of-the-art dental equipment. Dr. Yue then rinses and dries the area before layering the tooth-colored composite material. To harden the filling, our staff uses a special curing light. We will then polish the area for a smoother appearance, then check to make sure your bite feels comfortable before offering any post-op instructions.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Recovery
Since receiving a tooth-colored composite filling is a fast and efficient procedure, you can return to your day as normal following your treatment. Patients using a dental anesthetic should not consume any food until the feeling returns to their mouth, lips, tongue, and cheeks. You may notice some sensitivity to temperatures over the next few days, but if you experience major discomfort or pain, or if the filling feels high when you bite down, contact Made Ya Smile Dental right away for a quick filling adjustment. Our staff recommends taking care of your composite filling through daily home care with proper brushing and flossing. Dr. Yue and his team will monitor the health of your teeth as well as your filling during regular examinations and cleanings at our office.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Insurance Coverage
Most dental insurance providers will cover procedures such as composite fillings for cavities or tooth decay. Before beginning the procedure, our financial team will reach out to your insurance company to understand your dental benefits. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most major PPO plans and will gladly file claims for you. To cover out-of-pocket expenses, we also accept many convenient options for payment. We want to work with you to find a solution that fits your budget. Ask us about our third-party partner CareCredit® for patient-financing.
Tooth-colored fillings are an aesthetically appealing way to restore the health of your smile if you have experienced minor damage or tooth decay. When not treated right away, this can have lasting negative effects that lead to more extensive procedures later on. Dr. Yue of Made Ya Smile Dental offers a more conservative approach through composite material in place of amalgam. Schedule an appointment at our clinic in Houston, TX if you would like to learn more about our tooth-colored fillings.