Once upon a time, cavities meant a mouth full of conspicuous metallic fillings. Thankfully, you no longer have to sacrifice the cosmetic appearance of your smile to get treated for tooth decay. Cosmetic fillings deliver the same results but are designed to match the color and texture of natural teeth for a more discreet finish. Ann B. Mudd, DMD Family Dentistry with a Gentle Touch offers cosmetic fillings and other general and cosmetic dental services in Louisville, Kentucky. Call Ann Mudd, DMD, for a cosmetic filling or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Cosmetic fillings are a modern and more discreet alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings. Most dentists now use cosmetic fillings to treat small to moderate cavities.
If you don’t already have at least one cosmetic (also known as tooth colored) filling, chances are high that you know someone who does.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 90% of all Americans will be treated for cavities and tooth decay. Cosmetic fillings offer the best of both worlds by saving your tooth and preserving your smile at the same time.
Cosmetic fillings are made from a combination of glass and acrylic resin materials (also referred to as composite resin). Composite resin matches the color of natural tooth enamel so that your fillings are virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth when you smile.
With cosmetic fillings, no one has to know that you’ve been treated for tooth decay because there are no more embarrassing silver fillings to give away your secret!
Cosmetic fillings are bonded directly to the surface of your tooth, so another benefit is that they may also require less drilling and preserve more of your tooth than amalgam fillings.
One disadvantage is that they may not last as long as amalgam fillings, but with adequate care, a cosmetic filling can offer your tooth lasting protection and stability for several years.
Cosmetic fillings are easy to care for and just require the same good oral hygiene habits and follow up dental care as the rest of your teeth or any other dental restorations you may have.
Tooth-colored fillings have become the norm in the last few years, so if you have a small to moderate sized cavity, chances are that Dr. Mudd will recommend a cosmetic filling. In some cases, a cavity may be too large to treat with a standard filling, in which case Dr. Mudd will suggest an alternative like a crown.
If you have any specific concerns about your treatment, let Dr. Mudd know. She uses an intra-oral camera to help patients understand the treatment, and she will walk you through each step of the process.
For more information about cosmetic fillings and other cosmetic dental restorations, contact the office today by calling the Louisville, Kentucky, office or schedule an appointment online.