In the old days, when your dentist told you that you had a cavity, your only option was to get it filled with a mixture of different metals known as amalgam. These kinds of fillings have been known to result in various adverse side effects and risks. Thanks to advancements in modern dental technology, we can seamlessly treat your cavities without compromising your appearance. Not only are tooth-colored fillings in Gainesville able to blend in with your tooth, but they’re also much safer. When you hear Dr. Her tell you that you have a cavity, rest assured that we can treat it without marring your beautiful smile.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a highly malleable substance that closely resembles a putty. This material is called composite resin. It is comprised of fine particles of glass and acrylic and can be hardened using a special ultraviolet light. Composite resin is not only biocompatible, but it’s also incredibly durable and easy to maintain, having the potential to last for years when it’s properly cared for. During your appointment, Dr. Her will use a shade guide to determine exactly which color of the resin most closely matches the existing enamel of your damaged tooth.
One clear advantage of tooth-colored fillings over their amalgam counterparts is that they have the ability to blend in with the rest of your smile. However, they come with more than just aesthetic benefits. Here are a few of the other advantages that tooth-colored fillings offer:
Rest assured that your dentist in Gainesville will do everything in his power to help you feel comfortable during your appointment. To begin the process of getting a tooth-colored filling, we’ll first numb you up to ensure you don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. We will then remove any debris and decayed portions of your tooth. Next, using a shading chart, we’ll select the precise color of composite resin that will seamlessly blend in with your existing enamel and fill the cavity with the resin. Once we have sculpted the resin to fill your cavity and match the natural shape of your tooth, we’ll use a UV curing light to harden it into place. Lastly, we’ll check your bite to make sure the filling feels natural. We’ll then make any final adjustments if need be and send you on your way to enjoy your new and improved smile!
If you have a cavity that needs treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help repair your smile without drawing attention to it!