Dental fillings are used to restore the health and structure of teeth that have experienced damage and decay. Fillings are commonly used to treat cavities, which cause holes or voids in one’s teeth. The purpose of a dental filling is to seal off spaces where food particles and bacteria can enter the inner areas of a tooth.
The dental care experts at Lithia Springs Cosmetic & Family Dentistry are proud to provide patients with tooth-colored fillings. These tooth-colored fillings are virtually indistinguishable from natural healthy teeth, and they are both safer and stronger than traditional metal fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings, which are also known as composite fillings, are crafted using a combination of quartz and glass fillers inside of a resin medium. Such fillings are highly-durable and resistant to fractures, while also being designed to fully withstand the pressure associated with everyday chewing. Unlike traditional silver fillings, composite fillings are not prone to leaking, providing a tight and secure fit that adds to the overall strength of the tooth, keeping it intact.
The first step when receiving composite fillings is to ensure that any existing fillings and decayed portions of the tooth have been completely removed. After the tooth is fully clean, a filling material that matches the natural color of the tooth is applied. By using a special dental curing light, the filling is hardened to give it the strength and stability of a healthy tooth. Finally, the filling is shaped and polished so that it has a natural appearance.
Upon completion of this quick and easy procedure, we make sure that the patient has a normal bite and no discomfort associated with the treated tooth. Afterwards, the patient will be able to resume their normal eating, brushing and flossing activities.
If you are experiencing one or more cavities, or if your appearance is dampened by prior metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings might be the perfect answer for you. To learn more about tooth-colored fillings and to explore your options, please call our office at (770) 824-8916 to arrange an appointment with one of our dental care experts.