Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings Offer Unique Benefits
OKC Dental Arts can repair cavities with advanced tooth-colored dental fillings at our Oklahoma City practice. Fillings will seal the spaces where bacteria can enter, preventing additional decay and promoting better oral health. Further, our composite restorations are quite durable, and they can preserve more of your tooth than traditional metal fillings. These restorations will be virtually identical to the shade of your tooth, ensuring a brilliant, beautiful smile for many years to come. Our office is comfortably furnished, and our team is committed to patient comfort. When you receive a filling at our practice, you can expect stress-free care and superior final results.
When Is a Filling Required?
Fillings are appropriate for small or medium-sized cavities. You can often prevent decay by brushing and flossing daily, minimizing your consumption of sugary foods, and making regular dental visits. Nonetheless, if a cavity does develop, Dr. Fling will closely examine your tooth to determine whether a filling is the right treatment for you. In cases of more widespread decay, he will typically recommend a larger restoration, such as a dental crown.
Our composite restorations are quite durable, and they can preserve more of your tooth than traditional metal fillings.
Dr. Fling also performs filling replacement. If you have an old, damaged restoration or a metal filling that has started to show through, he can place composite instead.
What to Expect During Treatment
Before you receive your filling, Dr. Fling will administer local anesthetic to numb your tooth. Then he will reshape the decayed area, removing any bacteria and damaged tissue. Next, he will apply a special solution that will very lightly etch the inside of your tooth. With the increased surface area, the filling will have an even more secure bonding surface. Once all prep work is complete, your dentist will apply adhesives and the filling itself. Using a material that is carefully selected to match your tooth, he will place the filling layer by layer, hardening each one with a curing light. Finally, he will remove any excess material to ensure an even bite, and he will polish the visible parts of the restoration.