Dental fillings are a common treatment for patients in Georgetown, TX. When a dentist cleans out a cavity, there is a gap left behind. To even out teeth for appearance and function, as well as prevent new cavities from forming, dentists fill in this gap with a dental filling. Fillings are typically made of silver amalgam or tooth-colored materials. At Renken Dentistry, we offer tooth-colored fillings for a strong and natural-looking solution.
There are a few reasons why tooth-colored fillings are the better choice to traditional silver amalgam fillings, including:
- Tooth-colored fillings are made to match the color of your natural teeth.
- They look natural and can’t be seen by the naked eye.
- They don’t contain mercury or other potentially harmful materials, as silver amalgam fillings do.
- Metal fillings can weaken the structure of your teeth, while tooth-colored fillings do not.
A tooth filling is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures in our Georgetown, TX office. First, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. He or she will then drill the cavity, removing any traces of tooth decay, and clean out the area. Once the decay and damage are removed, the fillings are applied and allowed to cure. After they harden, your dentist will polish them so that your teeth fit comfortable together. The filling restores the even appearance of your teeth and allows you to use your teeth normally.
You may notice some sensitivity in the area for a short time after the procedure, but within a few days, your mouth should feel completely normal. The pain can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers, and any swelling can be brought down with a cold compress. If you have cavities you know need to be filled, or if you suspect you have cavities, call our Georgetown dental office for an appointment. If you have silver fillings you would like replaced with tooth-colored fillings, we’re also happy to offer filling replacement as an option. Call our friendly office staff at (512) 863-7777 or make an appointment online today.