Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, are created when bacteria attacks your dental enamel. In the past, dental cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, which is a combination of metals, like silver or mercury. Now we know that amalgam fillings do not adhere very well with the teeth and the mercury can be dangerous to your overall health. At James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Coppell, TX, highly skilled dentist Dr. James Peterson offers tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. Dr. Peterson can also remove old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings for a safer and better-looking cavity treatment.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Reviews
"Dr. Peterson and his staff make the dental experience a breeze! I have been a patient since 2005 and Jennifer is my favorite for cleanings. I’ve had crowns, fillings and veneers. Simple, painless (as dental work can be), and professional. I like that they have email reminders and simple to schedule appointments."- K.B. / Google / Jan 06, 2019
Tooth-colored fillings usually cover the decayed area in the tooth after it is treated by Dr. Peterson. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to address other issues with your teeth, including cracks or excessive wear on the enamel by teeth grinding (bruxism). Since the composite resin is colored to match your natural teeth, fillings can be used on both the front and back teeth for a seamless finish. If you have metal fillings, talk to Dr. Peterson about having them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
What To Expect
Getting a tooth-colored filling at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is usually a simple procedure. After you are prepped, the infected enamel is cleared away with a dental drill that Dr. Peterson will select based on where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay. After the enamel is treated and the tooth is cleaned, the area will be filled with the composite resin and set. Dr. Peterson will polish the filling material so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
You should be able to return to your normal day after your filling procedure is complete. If after a few days the filling feels high or uneven, please contact our office. Your tooth-colored filling can be kept clean by following a normal home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. At your annual exam, Dr. Peterson will assess your filling and decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.
Cavities may start as a normal issue, but it is important to have them fixed before they become a bigger problem. At James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Coppell, TX, tooth decay and cavities can be corrected with composite resin fillings. Dr. Peterson matches the color of your natural teeth so you get a healthy, attractive smile. If you suspect that you or a family member has a cavity, contact our office to schedule an exam with Dr. Peterson.