Restorative dental work takes care of tooth decay by removing infected tissues from your enamel. Doing this protects you against the spread of bacteria and puts a stop to growing damage. Unfortunately, this treatment will not lead to the natural recovery of lost enamel. To protect your tooth, your Irving, TX dentist can restore it with a custom dental filling. The fillings that we use in our office to treat patients are tooth-colored, which means they can match the color of your enamel to prevent changes in the way you look. While fillings are often effective at restoring teeth, they are not always recommended. For larger cavities, we can recommend partial or full dental crowns.
Can A Dental Filling Really Match My Enamel?
A dental filling can both bond to your enamel and match its color and texture. By doing this, it becomes difficult for people to detect, so it can provide support without changing the way you look. That means you can count on preserving a confident smile after treatment, even if your cavity forms on a tooth that is more visible when you smile and speak.
Receiving Your Dental Filling
Before you receive your filling, the area affected by a cavity will be treated to stop the spread of decay and remove infected tissues. After this is done, the space where your cavity was removed will be restored with the application of your resin filling. This substance is applied as a liquid, but will harden to provide permanent and discreet protection. Once it is in place, you should be able to confidently bite and chew with the affected tooth. To make sure your filling remains in good condition, keep up with good brushing and flossing habits, and keep visiting your dentist for regular preventive dental care.
Why Fillings Are Not Used During Every Cavity Treatment
To put it simply, your cavity may do more harm than we can effectively address with a dental filling. If this is the case, we will recommend an alternative treatment option. Inlays and onlays are partial crowns, meaning they only cover a portion of your tooth. However, they can still provide more protection than a standard filling. When necessary, we can make sure your tooth is fully restored by capping it with a permanent dental crown. We can make a crown in-office using CEREC technology, which makes it possible for us to have the restoration ready in just one appointment!
Talk To Your Irving, TX Dentist About Receiving A Tooth-Colored Filling
By restoring your tooth with a lifelike filling, we can protect it without causing your smile to change in a less than desirable way. To find out more about our different treatment options for dental decay, or to discuss any other matter related to your oral health, please call Defining Smiles in Irving, TX today at 972-717-0860.