Tooth-Colored Fillings Can Repair Your Smile Beautifully
If your dentist spots a tooth with minor decay, you can have it repaired without compromising your smile’s aesthetics by choosing tooth-colored fillings. These strong, durable restorations are easy to apply, cheaper than some other options, and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Dr. Robert Rapisarda offers this modern treatment for minor decay and damage from his practice in Three Rivers, MA.
Tooth-colored fillings provide an abundance of benefits over traditional metal fillings, and are favored by both dentists and their patients. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Rapisarda can examine your smile to address minor damage with tooth-colored fillings before more extensive treatment is needed.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Are a Great Treatment for Minor Issues
When decay occurs on a tooth, it must be removed, and the exposed interior of the tooth must be covered with a restoration. Tooth-colored fillings are a great solution to minor decay and damage because they can quickly refill the space and preserve the health of the tooth. If the decay continues or the damage is too extensive, however, a dental crown and even root canal therapy may be required. You can easily avoid the need for these restorative treatments by attending regular dental cleanings and examinations, and asking for tooth-colored fillings when your dentist finds decay.
Benefits Over Traditional Metal Fillings
The most obvious benefit of tooth-colored fillings over traditional metal fillings is their aesthetic appeal, but there are many more worth mentioning. Because tooth-colored fillings are placed directly in your tooth in the office, your dentist has a great deal of control over the final restoration. Dr. Rapisarda uses a wide variety of advanced dental technology in planning treatment to achieve a comfortable bite, but can always make immediate adjustments at your request.
Tooth-colored fillings bond very well to the tooth’s structure and restore approximately 90% of its original strength. Many still consider traditional metal fillings for the perception that they will be stronger and more durable in the long-term, but the reality is that both will last for many years to come. If a tooth-colored filling becomes damaged, it can be repaired. Compared to metal fillings, composite fillings have fewer issues with sensitivity, because they do not expand and contract with temperature changes.
A Cost-Efficient Solution to Minor Decay and Damage
While patients have the option of slightly more expensive porcelain fillings, the composite material typically used in tooth-colored fillings is almost always offered at a flat rate per tooth. You also save on delivery expenses and time the doctor needs to spend with you, as doctors pay significantly more to have an outside lab send them their restorations at a later date. Finally, almost all insurance plans cover a significant amount of the cost of tooth-colored fillings.
Address Minor Tooth Damage and Decay Today
Dr. Rapisarda can help you determine whether your tooth can be restored with tooth-colored fillings at your next dental cleaning and examination. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment.