Your teeth are naturally translucent and white. If you’ve had a cavity filled with silver amalgam fillings, however, you know they can discolor your teeth and leave your smile with a dark grey hue. Beyond the cosmetic downside, silver amalgam fillings can also expand over time, cracking or breaking the teeth they’re supposed to protect. Thankfully, you don’t have to put up with these potential side effects. Today, dental fillings can look natural and get the job done. Your smile’s improved appearance will be immediately evident. Whether you elect to replace one crown or filling, or all of your crowns and fillings, you will be amazed by how beautiful your new, natural resin inlays appear.
Tooth decay, unfortunately, is probably the number one preventable disease afflicting Americans. If you’ve never had a cavity, you have been very lucky. Nearly 78% of the U.S. population has at least one cavity before the age of 17. We all live with the simple fact that as we age, and our teeth our subjected to wear and tear, they start to decay. A filling may be required to repair that damage and restore the tooth in question to its original form.
Tooth-Colored Crowns and Fillings
Although silver amalgam was a common practice for cavity filling services in the past, Westend Dental uses the most recent industry standards of tooth-colored composite resin for all restorative and cosmetic procedures. Did you know that white fillings restore 85% – 95% of the original strength of the tooth? The benefits of using tooth-colored composite resin instead of silver amalgam include better durability, more cost effectiveness, as well as the ability to match the composite resin to your tooth color. You’ll be able to smile confidently without anyone noticing that you have dental fillings.
What to Expect During the Dental Filling Procedure
When you arrive in our office to have your cavity filled, our team will do its best to make you comfortable by offering you our many patient amenities and giving anesthetic before the procedure begins. During the filling procedure, your dentist will remove any decayed material in and/or on the tooth. Next, the gap left by the removed structure is filled with tooth-matching composite resin material.
Once your cavity is filled, your appointment is complete. Any numbness due to anesthetic will wear off in approximately two to four hours. Food and drink may be consumed immediately after the procedure, but should only be done so with caution due to numbness in the mouth.
Contact Our Office in Lincoln Park
If you’re in or near Chicago’s Lincoln Park, and you have a cavity that needs to be filled, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our team of dentists and hygienists will address your concerns, answer your questions and help you keep your smile bright. We look forward to hearing from you!