Cosmetic (Tooth-Colored) Fillings
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Cosmetic fillings in Little Rock are the ideal option for resolving a cavity. They are durable, safe, and best of all, they match the color of your teeth, making them unnoticeable when you smile or laugh.
Cosmetic (Tooth-colored) Fillings in Little Rock
While cavities are undesirable, they happen. Cavities sometimes occur due to diet and a lack of healthy oral care habits, and they are in some cases more likely to occur due to one’s genetics. Luckily, here at Harris & Reynolds Family Dental, we can address most cavities with cosmetic or tooth-colored fillings. We use composite resin or porcelain for our fillings, which means they are unnoticeable and durable.
What Are Cosmetic (Tooth-colored) Fillings?
Our tooth-colored fillings are composed of composite resin or porcelain. Both of these types of fillings match the look of the tooth and are durable solutions.
How Do Composite Resin Fillings Work?
Composite resin fillings consist of a combination of glass or quartz substances that can be manipulated to match your tooth’s color. After the liquid resin is molded for the tooth and placed, blue light is used to harden the materials. The filling is then typically shaped and polished to match the look of your other teeth.
How Do Porcelain Fillings Work?
Porcelain fillings are of the highest quality and are a very popular option. The procedure is quick and easy as it can be completed in just one appointment. Dr. Harris or Dr. Reynolds will prep the tooth and place the material into the cavity layer by layer. Special tools are then used to polish and shape the tooth. Occasionally patients feel a slight sensitivity of the tooth, but this typically only lasts a couple of hours or less.
Who Are Cosmetic (Tooth-Colored) Fillings For?
Tooth-colored fillings are great for those concerned with the aesthetics of their smile. While for many years the only filling options were made of amalgam, a silver-colored substance, technology, and science have improved, allowing for natural-looking fillings, such as composite resin and porcelain fillings.
Composite resin fillings are durable and ideal for smaller to mid-sized cavities and can be used in either front or back teeth. These types of fillings are suitable for any age.
The Benefits of Composite Resin and Porcelain Fillings
The most popular benefit of composite resin and porcelain fillings is usually the esthetic quality of the filling as the materials appear to look like a natural tooth. Importantly, compared to amalgam fillings, there are less potential health risks or problems with composite resin and porcelain fillings. Amalgam fillings have been thought to have toxicity qualities that can potentially lead to health issues.
Composite resin and porcelain fillings have an easier installation process and also are easier to repair if any problems arise. The post-procedure instructions are also simple compared to amalgam fillings. All around, composite resin and porcelain fillings are often considered the best choices for fillings.
What Is the Process for Cosmetic (Tooth-Colored) Fillings?
In most cases, you will receive your filling in a reasonably short amount of time and at a single appointment. When you are ready to have your filling placed, the doctor will commence restoration in a simple process.
First, the tooth and surrounding areas are numbed. Second, the cavity is cleaned and prepped. Next, Dr. Harris or Dr. Reynolds will place the filling and then shape and polish it to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
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If you have more questions about the fillings offered or are ready to schedule an appointment, give us a call today. We look forward to meeting you!