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One of the most common oral health problems seen by dentists is cavities. With a majority of adults having a cavity at some point in their life, it is no surprise that fillings are a frequently used service provided by dental professionals throughout the United States. At Smiles by The Sea Family Dentistry, our team will do our best to keep dental caries from forming; however, should one become apparent and require treatment, we are pleased to provide an alternative to traditional amalgam – tooth-colored fillings. Our dentist in Hampton, Dr. Shevchenko, can repair your weakened tooth and fill it with a solution that blends in beautifully with the rest of your smile. If you think you could benefit from a tooth-colored filling, contact our office today to schedule an appointment!
Tooth-colored fillings are restorations designed to fill cavities in Hampton. Using a composite resin that more malleable than traditional metal, it is easily matched to the natural shade of a patient’s tooth and prevents the need for additional tooth structure to be removed before placement. These fillings also do not increase the likelihood of tooth sensitivity.
Although receiving news that you need a filling to repair a weakened tooth is not what you want to hear, it is reassuring to know that you will receive a treatment that offers a multitude of benefits, some of which include:
The process of receiving a tooth-colored filling starts with an initial consultation with Dr. Shevchenko. During this appointment, she will examine your tooth, take dental X-Rays, and determine the severity of the cavity. Once she formulates a personalized treatment plan, she will then use a shade guide to match the composite resin to your natural tooth color.
Next, she will begin to clean out the damaged areas of the tooth before filling it with the color-matched resin. This will create a tight seal that serves as a barrier to prevent further reinfection or damage to the weakened tooth.
Using a specialized curing light to harden the resin, she will give your teeth a final polish. In one dental visit, you will have a fully restored, healthier smile.