About tooth-colored Fillings
Gone are the days where the only options for fillings were unsightly metal. Tooth-colored (composite) fillings provide a natural-looking alternative to the amalgams that do not blend in with the rest of your smile. Amalgam material is made of a combination of metals, like mercury and silver. We now know that these fillings don't adhere very well with the enamel, and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health.
Tooth-colored fillings can be applied in one visit at Michael A. Macaluso, D.D.S., PC. We can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and attractive cavity treatment. If you’re unsure which option is best for your lifestyle and budget, speak with us at your next visit for more information. Whatever the need is, we have a treatment plan for you. Our general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Macaluso, will only use the best materials and techniques for all our Houston, TX dental patients. When a filling is needed, our tooth-colored, mercury-free, composite or porcelain options go a long way to ensure a healthy, bright smile!
If you have a cavity, then you are a candidate for tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin can also be useful for other issues, such as chips or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with the color of your teeth, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a great finish. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Macaluso about getting them taken out and refilled with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at Michael A. Macaluso, D.D.S., PC is a quick procedure. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered if you have dental fears or anxieties. We want to keep you relaxed. After you're ready, the eroded enamel will be cleared away using a dental drill that Dr. Macaluso will choose based the cavity. Once the enamel is treated and the area is disinfected, the composite resin will be applied to set. Dr. Macaluso will smooth the filling material to adjust your bite.
You will be able to return to your day as usual once your tooth-colored filling is finished. However, you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot foods and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can use nonprescription pain medication to treat discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems high or uneven, please call us.
Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular dental routine, including daily flossing and brushing. At your annual exam, Dr. Macaluso will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Ask for a Natural Shade
Cavities may begin as a little problem, but it is crucial to have them fixed before they develop into a bigger issue. At Michael A. Macaluso, D.D.S., PC in Houston, TX, tooth decay and cavities may be filled with tooth-colored fillings — not metal ones. We will make sure to match the shade of your teeth to the resin so you can have a healthy, attractive smile.