A cavity is essentially a hole in the tooth that can get bigger and bigger over time if not properly treated. The hole, or decay, is the result of bacteria building up in the tooth and eating away at the healthy enamel. At Kennedy Dental, we want to prevent further decay on your teeth while offering you the best in treatment. Our office treats cavities with special tooth-colored fillings. This both restores the health of your teeth and preserves the natural cosmetic look of your smile.
What is a tooth-colored filling?
Tooth-colored fillings are restorations made from neutrally colored composite resins instead of metals or other noticeable materials. They are made to match the natural color of your teeth and to blend in once they are placed. In the past, materials like silver alloy were used to fill cavities. While effective, these materials were noticeable in a patient’s mouth once the filling was placed. With tooth-colored fillings, your restoration will blend right in. This restores not only the function and health of your tooth, but also the look of your tooth.
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
Aside from blending in with your natural smile, tooth-colored fillings offer many additional helpful, healthy benefits. For one, they are bonded directly to your tooth. This ensures a snug fit. Additionally, they restore the strength and shape of your damaged teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are also strong and durable. Because of this, these fillings can withstand the standard pressure that comes along with biting and chewing.
I have an old silver filling. Can I get it replaced with a tooth-colored filling instead?
Yes! If your old silver, metal restoration has become cracked or decayed over time, Dr. Kennedy can replace it with a tooth-colored restoration. Give us a call at (937) 446-6187 (Marysville) or (937) 519-3994 (Huntsville), or fill out an Appointment Request Form. A member of our staff will be in touch shortly to discuss your filling replacement options.
How long will my tooth-colored filling last?
When properly cared for, tooth-colored fillings can last for years. To help keep your filling in top shape and make it last as long as possible, make sure that you are consistently brushing and flossing. Additionally, we will monitor your fillings at each appointment and recommend restorations as needed. Keep up-to-date on your bi-annual checkups and cleanings with our office so we can professionally clean your fillings and provide any insight, should they need restored or further treatment is required.