Eliminate Cavities With Dr. Bassford
It’s crucial to brush and floss your teeth every day, in addition to visiting our Silver Spring practice for cleanings at least twice a year. If you don’t, a sticky substance called plaque can build up in your teeth and cause them to decay. This leads to small holes in your tooth enamel called cavities, which can result in tooth loss and other health consequences.
If you have a cavity, you’ll want to get it treated as soon as possible. Learn how we can restore the strength and appearance of your tooth with a tooth-colored filling.
What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?
For many years, the standard material used for dental fillings was silver (amalgam). While those fillings can effectively treat cavities, many patients avoid them due to their noticeable appearance and the fact they contain mercury.
At Silver Spring Dental, Dr. Bassford provides tooth-colored fillings as a more attractive and convenient alternative. Made from a durable composite resin, these restorations are customized just for you so they blend in seamlessly with your smile. As an added bonus, tooth-colored fillings don’t contain any mercury, so you can rest assured that your health is protected.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings offer several unique advantages that other dental fillings can’t match. Some of these include:
- Stunning, natural appearance
- Uniquely customized just for you
- Bonded directly to your tooth
- Preserves more of your natural tooth structure
Placing Your Filling
In many cases, our Silver Spring cosmetic dentist can place your tooth-colored filling in just one appointment. To begin the procedure, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and minimize any discomfort you may experience. Dr. Bassford will also remove the decayed tissue from your tooth.
Once your tooth is clean, she’ll bond the composite resin directly to your tooth and custom-shape it to match your surrounding teeth. After the filling is secured, you’ll be ready to show off your new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tooth-colored fillings are a safe and effective option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. They’re made of a durable composite resin that’s hardened with a special curing light. As long as they’re placed by a qualified dentist like Dr. Bassford, tooth-colored fillings will protect your smile for several years.
In most cases, tooth-colored fillings are designed to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years before they need to be replaced. However, with good oral hygiene, your fillings can last even longer. If you want to get the most out of your fillings, make sure to visit Silver Spring Dental for regular dental cleanings and check-ups at least twice a year.
In most cases, it’s possible to switch out your silver fillings for tooth-colored fillings. This cosmetic restoration provides the strength and longevity of amalgam fillings while seamlessly blending in with your natural teeth. During your appointment, Dr. Bassford will examine your old fillings and determine if it’s a safe option to replace them with tooth-colored fillings.
Both types of fillings are effective options for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. However, if you’re seeking a more attractive and discreet solution, tooth-colored fillings are the better alternative. Our composite fillings are designed to blend with your natural tooth for a stunning appearance, so no one will be able to notice them.
Visit Silver Spring Dental For Tooth-Colored Fillings
Without treatment, cavities can wreak havoc on your oral health. That’s why it’s essential to get the treatment you need before the decay spreads any further. With the help of tooth-colored fillings, Dr. Bassford and our team can keep your smile healthy and beautiful for many years to come. Call our Silver Spring, MD dental practice at (301) 593-5500 to schedule a consultation today.