Tooth-Colored Fillings Overview
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.
"Great dental practice.. Dr. K is very accomplished, professional, courteous and always on schedule while still being very thorough. He always double checks his work and verifies with you and the results. Dental Assistant Alicia (I believe that is her name) was very professional, polite and did her tasks with precision. Not to mention, she did a great job preparing everything and made the process quck and painless on what was a pretty invasive job. The practice is very clean, equipment and facilities on the higher end and service from the front office (billing/scheduling) first class. The main lady upfront has you checked in extremely fast, schedules to your availability and even has the initiative to call/confirm/move you up if an opportunity arises (even calls other patients to confirm their next day appts to verify in case are needing to be seen asap). All around a great facility, great people and a great experience. Highly recommend this practice."- R.M. / Google / Jul 15, 2021
"I have been seeing Dr Krupa for many years. I have a great deal of trust with his practice. Dr Krupa AND Dr Cotham are both great dentist. Very thorough and very patient. Not only do they do quality work but they take the time to explain the procedures."- C.K. / Google / Jul 14, 2021
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Best Candidates for Tooth-Colored Fillings
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 from Tooth-Colored Fillings
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.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Recovery
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.
Insurance Coverage for Tooth-Colored Filings
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.