Tooth-Colored Fillings in Midlothian, VA

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Dental cavities are a common problem that occurs when bacteria attack your enamel. Previously, dental cavities were treated with a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of metals, including silver or mercury. Now, it's understood that amalgam fillings don't adhere well to the teeth, and the mercury is dangerous to your health. At Sycamore Family Dentistry in Midlothian, VA, Dr. Jacob Sheppard and Dr. Ronald Jessup offer tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the teeth. We can also take out metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment for cavities.

Composite resin tooth-colored fillings usually seal the decay in the enamel once they've been treated by Dr. Sheppard or Dr. Jessup. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to treat other issues with your teeth, including chips or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is colored to blend with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings can be placed on the front and back teeth for a seamless appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, feel free to talk to Dr. Sheppard or Dr. Jessup about having them removed and replaced with composite resin.

At our Midlothian, VA practice, we are pleased to provide individuals with cutting-edge treatments in oral care. Tooth-colored fillings are a safe and helpful choice, offering individuals numerous advantages, including:

  • An appealing aesthetic that nicely integrates with your smile
  • Shielding against decay
  • Protecting against debris and plaque buildup
  • A simple, same-day procedure that allows for long-lasting protection

Receiving a tooth-colored filling at Sycamore Family Dentistry usually takes about 20 – 30 minutes. We will numb the area surrounding the cavity to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods can be discussed if you have any fear or anxiety about having dental treatment performed. Once you are ready, the decayed enamel can be removed with a dental drill that one of our dentists will choose based on the location of the cavity and the level of decay. Once the enamel is cleared away and the tooth is disinfected, the space will be filled with the composite resin material and set with a special light. Then, we will smooth out the filling so it blends with the rest of your teeth.

Had cleanings as well as fillings and the people and work is great. They also do teeth whitening and i was so happy with how it turned out!!

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What Is Recovery Like with Tooth-Colored Fillings?

You will be able to resume your normal day after your tooth-colored filling is done, but you may have some sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages for 1 – 3 days. You can use over-the-counter pain relief medication to minimize discomfort, but you shouldn't experience any major issues. If after a few days the filling seems high or uneven, please call our office. Your filling can be kept clean by following a normal home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. At your annual dental exam, Dr. Sheppard or Dr. Jessup will assess your filling to decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.

Dental cavities may start out as a minor issue, but it's crucial to have them fixed before they develop into a bigger concern. At Sycamore Family Dentistry, small areas of tooth decay can be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Sheppard and Dr. Jessup will be sure to match the color of your teeth so you can have a healthy, seamless smile. If you suspect you or a family member have a cavity, contact our Midlothian, VA office to make a dental exam.

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How long will a tooth-colored filling last?
A tooth-colored filling typically lasts about 10 – 15 years or longer before it may become worn down and require replacement.
Will tooth-colored fillings look like my natural teeth?
Yes, your tooth-colored filling will look like your natural teeth. They will be shaded to match your natural enamel, making it difficult to tell the filling apart from your other teeth.
Are tooth-colored fillings safer than traditional fillings?
Most medical and dental professionals consider tooth-colored fillings to be safer than traditional fillings.Tooth-colored fillings are made with a composite of acrylic resin and either powdered quartz, silica, or ceramic, all of which do not contain the chemical BPA. Traditional fillings are typically made with a mercury/silver amalgam, and these heavy metals can be absorbed by the body and may cause harmful side effects.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.