As one of the most common dental concerns that most patients face, cavities form when bacteria erode the enamel of the teeth. In the past, dental cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of different metals (such as silver and mercury). With modern advancements and research being made in the field of dentistry, we now know that amalgam fillings do not bond well with the teeth and that mercury can be hazardous to one's health. This is why our skilled team of dentists provides patients with tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. At Preferred Dental of Cromwell, our team can also remove your old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings for a safer and better-looking tooth decay treatment.
Tooth-colored fillings are used to seal the enamel after a tooth has been cleaned of decay by our dentists. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to treat other problems with your teeth as well, like filling in cracks or building up enamel that has been worn down by teeth grinding (bruxism). Because the composite resin is colored to match your natural teeth, tooth-colored fillings can be used on both the front and back teeth to produce a seamless appearance. If you have metal fillings, please talk to our dentists about having them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
What To Expect
Getting a filling at Preferred Dental of Cromwell is typically an easy process. The area surrounding the cavity will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. If you have any dental fears or anxieties, other forms of sedation can be discussed to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. Once you are prepared, decayed enamel is removed with an advanced dental tool that will be selected based on where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay present. After the enamel is removed and the tooth is has been cleaned, rinsed, and dried, the area will be filled with composite resin and cured with a special light so that it hardens. Our dentist will then polish the filling so it feels comfortable and natural.
You should be able to resume your normal day after your filling is done, but you might have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days. You may take over-the-counter pain relief medication to address any discomfort, but you should not have any major issues. If the filling feels too high or uneven after several days, please contact our office so adjustments can be made. Your tooth-colored filling can be kept clean by following a normal home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. During your annual dental exam, our dentists will assess your filling and decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for cavities that are usually covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. A member of our team will contact your insurance company to determine your exact coverage before calculating your personal costs. If you do not have insurance, we can go over the payments accepted by our office during your consultation. Preferred Dental of Cromwell strives to make dental care affordable for all of our patients so we will work with you and give you all of the information you need. If you would like to know more about the insurance plans we accept or get information on medical financing, contact our Cromwell, CT office.
Dental cavities may start as a common issue, but it's important to have them treated before they can become a larger problem. At Preferred Dental of Cromwell, areas of tooth decay can be treated effectively with tooth-colored fillings. Our dentists will match the composite resin to the color of your natural teeth so you can attain a seamless, healthy smile. If you suspect that you or a family member might have a cavity, contact our office to schedule a dental exam with one of our experienced dentists in Cromwell, CT.