One of the most common dental problems is created when bacteria attack your dental enamel, leaving behind a cavity. 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 to teeth and mercury can be dangerous to your overall health. At James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Coppell, TX, Dr. James Peterson provides tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill cavities and protect teeth from further damage. Dr. Peterson can also remove old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings for a safer and more aesthetically pleasing cavity treatment.
Fillings and Restorations
Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to address a number of issues with your teeth, including cavities, cracks, and excessive wear on the enamel from teeth grinding (bruxism). Since the composite resin is shaded to match your natural teeth, it can be used for fillings on the front and back teeth with a perfectly natural-looking result. If you have metal fillings, talk to Dr. Peterson about getting them replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
What To Expect
Getting a tooth-colored filling at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is usually a simple procedure. Once you are prepped, Dr. Peterson clears the infected enamel away with a dental drill selected based on where the cavity is located in the tooth and the amount of decay. After treating the enamel and cleaning the tooth, he fills the area with the composite resin and sets it. He will then polish the filling material so it feels comfortable and matches perfectly with your natural teeth.
Recovery & After Care
You should be able to proceed with your day as normal once your filling procedure is complete. If after a few days the filling feels too high or uneven, please contact our office. Your tooth-colored filling should be kept clean by following your normal home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. At your annual exams, Dr. Peterson will check the filling and decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.
Cavities may start small, 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.