The team of Vivid Dental provides composite tooth fillings for patients needing restorative dental procedures. Because composite tooth fillings are the same color as natural tooth enamel, they are typically better suited for restorative treatments because they are much more aesthetic. The team of Vivid Dental avoids the placement of silver amalgam fillings used by traditional dentists because of the concerns with mercury toxicity and appearance.
Composite material is used in many ways. It can be applied to teeth that are broken and need to be repaired, or can be applied as a filling after decay has occurred. These fillings can withstand moderate pressure from chewing and biting, so if patients have conditions such as bruxism where they clench and grind their teeth, other restorations such a crowns may be considered instead, as they can withstand much more pressure from the bite.
Composite tooth fillings are widely used for many reasons. They are durable, beautiful, and they function just as silver amalgam fillings do without the concern of mercury toxicity. They can be placed in just one dental appointment.
The procedure for tooth fillings is rather simple. The dentist will remove the area of decay after local anesthetics are administered. Composite tooth fillings require less removal of the natural tooth structure. The area is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the new filling, and then the composite material is applied, shaped, filed, and polished for a beautiful finish. Most patients are unable to distinguish the area treated with tooth fillings because of the natural appearance.
After treatment, patients may experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold in the area, but this will resolve over time. The dentist will provide patients with any necessary post-treatment care instructions for patients to follow, as well as discuss oral hygiene techniques to ensure further areas of decay do not develop.
Patients in and around the Houston area seeking a family dental practice that provides general and cosmetic services are encouraged to contact the team of Vivid Dental today to schedule a consultation appointment. We enjoy seeing patients in the area who are committed to quality dental care.