What is the Benefit of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, develop when bacteria erode the enamel. In the past, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of metals, such as mercury or silver. Now we know that amalgam fillings don't bond well with the enamel, and the mercury can be hazardous to your health. At Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Allen, TX, pediatric dentists Dr. Yvonne Felli and Dr. Ajikwaga Felli offer tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill and protect cavities in your child's mouth. Our skilled dentists can also take out old metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a safer and better-looking treatment for cavities.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Reviews
"AMAZING experience! staff was so sweet and accommodating! Dr Felli was so great! I am so glad we switched to this dental office! 10/10 recommend! Update!!!! My son had some crowns and fillings done and needed to be sedated and these guys took the absolute best care of my boy! I am so happy we found them!!!!! if you have littles, TAKE THEM HERE! The entire office staff is amazing! Can’t express my gratitude enough! Thank you all so much!"- K.H. / Facebook / Apr 05, 2023
"This was our first good experience with a dentist in my son's whole 9yrs of life. He has mental health issues including severe anxiety and has always had to be sedated for any dental work (cleanings too sometimes). This office was AMAZING with him. They were patient and encouraging with him. They were successfully able to do dental work (extractions and fillings) without sedating him just because they cared enough to try! Seriously hope we never have to change dentists again. I'm excited to be able to keep up with his dental health needs without the stress of feeling like he's too much for them to handle. I am so grateful for this office."- A.F. / Google / Aug 16, 2023
What Can I Expect from My Child's Filling Procedure?
Getting a tooth-colored filling at Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is typically a simple treatment. The treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to help your child feel more comfortable. Other forms of sedation can be discussed if your child has any fears or dental anxieties so we can help keep him or her relaxed during the procedure. Once we are ready, the infected enamel will be removed using a special drill that we will choose based on the location of the cavity in the tooth and the amount of decay. After the enamel is cleared away and the tooth is disinfected, the cavity will be filled with the composite resin material and hardened. We will polish the composite resin so it matches your child's other teeth. Your child should be able to resume his or her normal day once the tooth-colored filling is complete, but they may have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for several days. You may use over-the-counter pain relief medication to minimize discomfort or inflammation if they need it, but they shouldn't have any serious problems. If after a few days, your child is complaining the filling feels too high or uneven, please call us. Your child's filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. During their annual exam, we will assess the filling and determine if it should be repaired or replaced.
Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQ
How do tooth-colored fillings differ from traditional silver amalgam fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a resin material that closely resembles the appearance of natural teeth, making them less noticeable than traditional silver amalgam fillings. They also bond directly to the tooth structure, requiring less removal of healthy tooth material.
Are tooth-colored fillings suitable for all teeth?
Tooth-colored fillings are typically used for smaller to moderate-sized cavities. However, in cases of larger or more extensive cavities, other restorative options might be recommended, such as dental crowns.
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
The lifespan of tooth-colored fillings can vary based on factors such as oral hygiene, chewing habits, and the location of the filling. On average, they can last anywhere from 5 – 10 years or even longer with proper care.
Healthy, Beautiful Smiles
Cavities may start as a normal issue, but it's important to have them addressed before they become a big problem. At Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we can help treat your child's cavities with tooth-colored fillings. Pediatric dentists Drs. Yvonne and Ajikwaga Felli make sure to match the shade of your child's teeth so they will have a healthy, beautiful smile. If you think your child has tooth decay, contact us to make a dental examination at our Allen, TX office.