Did your dentist find tooth decay at your last visit? If so, there is no need to fret. You can count on us for fast and efficient procedures that last. At Lexington Dental Group, we use tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities.
This restorative dental work offers several benefits to patients. For one, tooth-colored fillings are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional materials, so, our patients can maintain their beautiful smiles.
1. Fast Treatment Time
There is no pain involved in the procedure, and the process is quick. In only an hour or less, we can treat a cavity or two. First, local anesthesia is used to numb the affected area. The numbing agent usually takes effect in about 10–15 minutes. Then, your Lexington dentist will proceed with the filling process.
Next, we remove all signs of decay and clean the tooth. Now the surface is ready for the tooth-colored resin. The filling material shaded to match your natural teeth is then applied to the cavity. Your dentist will shape the resin and harden it with a curing light. In some cases, we can apply, cure, and polish the new restoration in only 15 minutes.
2. More Natural Looking
Unlike silver amalgam or gold fillings, tooth-colored resin looks like natural enamel. For that reason, it will blend in with the existing structure and surrounding teeth. Only you and your dentist will know you have a restored tooth.
3. Durable and Long-Lasting
With proper oral care, your new fillings should last for a decade or more. So brush at least twice a day and floss daily. Visit Lexington Dental Group for regular cleanings and exams. Also, avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice, fingernails, and hard candy.
4. Less Tooth Preparation
Composite resin bonds with the structure when applied to a tooth surface. Therefore, more of the tooth structure remains intact. With metal fillings, more tooth preparation is needed to place the material.
5. No Mercury
Traditional fillings contain several metals, including mercury. Although the amount of this toxic material is low, many people prefer to avoid it altogether. Tooth-colored dental restorations are a good alternative.
To schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact Lexington Dental Group today.