Tooth-Colored Fillings in Grand Ledge, MI

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What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

One of the most common dental problems we see at Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC, cavities develop when bacteria build up on the teeth and begin to eat at the enamel. In the past, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a combination of metals such as silver or mercury. We now know that amalgam fillings do not adhere well with the enamel, and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. At our dental office in Grand Ledge, MI, Dr. Todd K. Baum uses tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Baum can also take out old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings as a safer, more natural-looking treatment for cavities.

What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?

At our Grand Ledge, MI practice, we aim to provide individuals with cutting-edge treatments in dental care. Natural-looking fillings are a safe and beneficial option, providing individuals with many benefits, like:

  • Attractive look that smoothly blends with your smile
  • Prevention against dental caries
  • Preventing debris and plaque buildup
  • Simple, convenient procedure that leads to lasting protection

Tooth-colored fillings typically cover the decay in the enamel once it's been cleaned by your dentist. Composite resin is a useful material that can be used to correct other issues with your teeth, such as cracks or excessive wear on the enamel by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite resin is tinted to match your natural teeth, fillings can be placed on the front and back teeth for a seamless result. If you have metal fillings, talk to our team about getting them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.

What Can I Expect Getting Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Fillings done with composite resin at Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC are generally quick and easy. First, the tooth (or teeth) being treated will be numbed to minimize any discomfort. Other forms of sedation may be considered for any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed during the procedure. Once you are prepared, the decayed enamel can be cleared away using a unique dental drill that Dr. Baum will select based on where the cavity is located and the level of decay. Once the enamel is removed and the area is disinfected, the cavity will be filled with the composite material. We'll then use a special light to harden the resin before smoothing and polishing the filling so it feels comfortable and matches the natural shade of your teeth. Your tooth-colored filling should be kept clean by following a normal home oral care routine including daily brushing and flossing. When you return for routine cleanings and exams, Dr. Baum will assess your filling and decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced.

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Smile Confidently with Tooth-Colored Fillings

Cavities are a fairly normal dental problem, but without proper treatment, they can quickly develop into a much larger concern. At Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC in Grand Ledge, MI, cavities may be addressed with tooth-colored fillings. Using composite resin, Dr. Baum can match the shade of your natural teeth so that you're left with a healthy, attractive smile. If you think you or your child have a cavity, contact our office to make an exam with our friendly team.

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Can tooth-colored fillings be used for back teeth?

Yes, tooth-colored fillings are versatile and can be used to treat cavities in both front and back teeth. The composite resin material is durable and designed to withstand the pressure of chewing, making it a suitable option for molars. During your visit, Dr. Baum will evaluate the condition of your teeth and recommend the most appropriate treatment for your needs.

How do tooth-colored fillings react to temperature changes?

Composite resin, the material used for tooth-colored fillings, has a thermal expansion rate similar to natural tooth enamel. This means that it will expand and contract at a rate similar to your natural teeth when exposed to hot or cold foods and drinks, reducing the risk of the filling cracking or becoming dislodged. At Dr. Todd K. Baum, DDS, PC, we use high-quality materials to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your tooth-colored fillings.

Do tooth-colored fillings require special care?

Tooth-colored fillings don't require any special care beyond your regular oral hygiene routine. Regular brushing, flossing, and biannual dental check-ups are essential. The composite resin material is stain-resistant but not entirely stain-proof, so it's a good idea to avoid foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, like coffee or red wine. During your regular check-ups at our office, the condition of your fillings will be assessed to ensure they are still in good shape.

Can tooth-colored fillings stain or discolor over time?

While tooth-colored fillings are resistant to staining and discoloration, they may become slightly discolored over time due to factors such as exposure to certain foods and beverages (e.g., coffee, tea, red wine) or smoking. However, regular dental cleanings and professional polishing can help maintain the appearance of tooth-colored fillings and minimize any discoloration.

Is the placement of tooth-colored fillings painful?

The placement of tooth-colored fillings is typically not painful, as the procedure is performed under local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. Patients may experience some pressure or discomfort during the preparation and filling process, but any discomfort is usually minimal and temporary. After the anesthesia wears off, patients may experience some sensitivity in the treated tooth, but this should subside within a few days.

Are tooth-colored fillings suitable for all teeth?

Tooth-colored fillings can be used to restore most teeth affected by decay or damage, including front teeth (incisors and canines) and back teeth (premolars and molars). However, in some cases of extensive decay or damage, a different restoration option, such as a dental crown may be recommended for optimal strength and longevity.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.