Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria attack your enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a combination of metals, such as mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't adhere very well with the enamel, and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. At All About Smiles in Rogers, AR, Dr. Brett Cotham uses tooth-colored fillings made with composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. We can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and aesthetic cavity treatment.
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings usually cover the decayed area in the tooth once it is treated. This composite resin is a useful material that may be used to address other issues with your teeth, such as chips or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great finish. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Cotham at All About Smiles about getting them taken out and redone with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at All About Smiles is usually a simple procedure. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered if you have any fears or anxieties to keep you relaxed. Once you're ready, the infected enamel can be cleared away using a dental drill that we will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is treated and the area is disinfected, the area will be replaced with the composite resin and set. We will smooth the filling material so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to return to your daily activities once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can use nonprescription pain medication to treat discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems high or uneven, please call Dr. Cotham right away. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. At your annual exam, we will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered partially by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your bill. If you don't have dental insurance, our team will discuss the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities may begin as a normal problem, but it is crucial to have them fixed before they develop into a much larger issue. At All About Smiles in Rogers, AR, tooth decay and cavities may be corrected with composite resin fillings. We make sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a healthy, attractive smile. If you think you or a member of your family has tooth decay, contact us to schedule an exam.