If you have ever had a cavity, it might have been treated using an amalgam filling. Although metal restorations have been the go-to solution for generations to treat decay, you have another option. Tooth-colored fillings in Rexburg blend in with enamel for natural-looking results. Dr. Crofoot can improve the health and appearance of your smile using a metal-free method.
Traditional Fillings are made from a mixture of metals, including mercury. While they are effective and durable, they stick out like a sore thumb. Not to mention, it's normal to have concerns about the long-term risks of mercury exposure.
Tooth-colored fillings resolve the disadvantages of amalgam because they don’t contain any metals. A composite resin is used to treat decay, which is shaded to match the color of enamel, so only a trained dental professional will know it's there. Although they don’t contain any metals, they are equally durable.
After examining your mouth and creating a treatment plan, Dr. Crofoot will clean your tooth and may administer a numbing agent. Your dentist in Rexburg will remove any areas of decay before applying a weak acid to your tooth. This ensures a strong bond between your tooth and the resin, so wedges aren’t needed to support the restoration to maintain more of its structure. Your tooth will be rinsed and dried before the resin is applied, which will have been previously shaded to the color of your tooth. Dr. Crofoot will use a special dental light to harden your filling quickly, so you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair. He will smooth and polish your tooth for the final touch.
Your filling can last for a decade or more with the right care, like brushing, flossing, and using a daily mouthwash. Dr. Crofoot recommends avoiding anything that may damage it, like eating hard or sticky foods. Limiting how often you have sugary foods and drinks will keep new cavities at bay. Don’t forget to schedule a cleaning and checkup every 6 months. Dr. Crofoot will check your filling at each appointment to ensure it’s undamaged and there’s no new decay.
Tooth-colored fillings are the most preferred method of treating decay because they offer several advantages, including:
Whether you have a new cavity, or you’d like to replace an older filling, invest in a solution that supports your overall wellness. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for a tooth-colored filling. We look forward to creating the healthy, confident smile you deserve.