Just a few decades ago, if your dentist detected a cavity, your only option was to treat it with a filling made of amalgam, or a mixture of various metals. Not only did this create noticeable dark gray splotches in your smile, but it contributed to further oral health problems down the road. At Soldotna Dental Arts, we take pride in our ability to heal patients’ cavities with tooth-colored fillings. Using a composite resin, Dr. Craig O’Donoghue can restore the shape, size, and structure of your decayed tooth without compromising its appearance. Our team wants you to have a smile that looks and feels as healthy and beautiful as can be.
Up until the late 20th century, amalgam fillings were the standard when treating teeth that had been damaged by decay. These fillings were made of several different metals, including silver, copper, tin, and even trace amounts of mercury. They were also highly noticeable in your grin.
In recent years, dental technology has greatly progressed, leading to the discovery that composite resin is a safer and more discreet method of addressing tooth decay. This biocompatible material is made of fine particles of glass and plastic. Because it forges a chemical bond with your tooth, it offers countless benefits that amalgam fillings simply can’t deliver.
The most obvious benefit of tooth-colored fillings is right there in the name – they can be custom-made to blend in with your existing enamel, creating a seamless and attractive result that’s nearly impossible for onlookers to notice. In addition to offering more natural-looking results, tooth-colored fillings also:
Before beginning the treatment process, Dr. O’Donoghue will administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. While you may experience a mild pressure in your mouth, you shouldn’t feel any pain. After removing the decayed portion of your enamel and sanitizing your tooth, we’ll use a shade guide to determine the exact shade of composite resin that best blends in with your smile.
We’ll fill the tooth with resin in layers until it’s built back up to its original structure. Then, we’ll shine a special ultraviolet light on the tooth to harden the resin into place, allowing it to bond with the tooth. Lastly, we’ll make sure your bite is even and make any final adjustments accordingly before giving your tooth a polish.
If your filling gives you trouble later on (if it falls out or you experience pain or sensitivity), contact our office right away. We offer same-day emergency dental care that prioritizes fast and effective pain relief.