Tooth decay is one of the most common dental concerns that affect patients of all ages, ranging from young children to older patients who have retained their natural teeth. This tooth-eroding issue is caused by bacteria, which produces acid and eats away at the enamel of the tooth. When this happens, a cavity forms. To remove the decay and restore the health and function of your tooth, our experienced dentists at Made Ya Smile fill the tooth with composite resin to seal it from additional decay and bacteria. Tooth-colored fillings with composite resin have replaced amalgam fillings in recent years. When compared to amalgam, resin bonds much better to the tooth and is not hazardous to your health in any way. If you think you or someone in your family may have a cavity, or if you still have silver amalgam fillings and would like them replaced, contact Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX and schedule your dental examination.
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Anybody who has a cavity could benefit from having their tooth sealed safely with effective, tooth-colored composite resin. This material is used to rebuild and restrengthen the areas where decay has weakened the structure of a tooth. If you have old amalgam fillings, you may want to have them removed and replaced with resin for an improved seal and function. In some situations, your tooth decay may be so far along that most of your tooth structure is affected. If this is the case, you may require an additional restoration, such as an inlay, only, or crown, to fully seal the area and restore your dental function. In addition to restoring teeth that have been worn away by damage and decay, tooth-colored composite resin can also be used to address chipped, uneven, or worn tooth enamel in a treatment called dental bonding and contouring. If you have any questions about the effective and diverse uses of this advanced material, contact our Pearland, TX office.
What To Expect
Receiving a tooth filling with composite resin is a straightforward treatment completed in one visit to our Pearland, TX office. Our skilled team has over three decades of experience when it comes to restoring the dental health of patients of all ages. Our compassionate staff approaches every filling with a gentle nature so that your comfort is maintained throughout the process. At the start of your treatment, we will numb the area to be treated. We may also administer nitrous oxide sedation if necessary. Once you are numb and relaxed, our dentist will carefully remove the areas of decay using state-of-the-art dental equipment. The tooth will then be rinsed and dried before we apply the composite resin to the tooth. The tooth-colored resin is added in layers. Once the material is in place, it will be cured with a special light to harden. We will then polish the area to create a smooth look and feel.
Tooth fillings today do not take an extensive amount of time to complete. There is little to no downtime associated with this treatment, so you will be able to return to your regular routine once you leave our office. You should wait until the numbness in your mouth and face have gone away before you consume any food or beverages. You may also notice some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for a few days after your cavity treatment. If you experience any intense side effects that persist for longer than a few days, please contact our Pearland, TX office so we can give you guidance. If your bite does not feel comfortable, we may ask you to come in so we can perform a quick adjustment to your filling. The best way to care for your restored tooth is by maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene routine that consists of daily brushing and flossing. We will continue to check the condition of your filling during your visits to our office.
For the most part, a portion of the costs for your cavity treatment with tooth-colored resin should be covered by your insurance. Our team will file a claim on your behalf and inform you if any out-of-pocket costs remain. Made Ya Smile accepts most PPO insurance plans, as well as cash payment, most major credit cards, and medical financing through our office or CareCredit®. If you need more information to help make your dental care as affordable as possible, please don't hesitate to contact our Pearland, TX practice.
Effective Cavity solutions
With advancements in the field of dentistry being made every day, we now know that amalgam fillings are not as safe as we once thought. To rectify this, all fillings at Made Ya Smile are completed with tooth-colored composite resin that bonds well to the tooth and resembles enamel in color and texture. If you think you or someone in your family may have a cavity, or if you would like your silver amalgam fillings replaced with a more durable solution, contact our Pearland, TX office and learn about your options for cavity treatment.