Here’s what to expect when you get a tooth-colored filling from our dental team.
So, you just found out you have a cavity. Yikes! Cavities are one of the most common dental problems for both children and adults. The good news is that our Wichita KS dentist Dr. John Lewis offers individualized and gentle family dentistry care to everyone from kids to adults. This means that our dental team at Wichita Dental Group is focused on restorative treatments that promote a healthier smile while also providing the highest-quality restorations possible. In the case of a cavity, we would need to place a tooth-colored filling.
What is a dental filling?
First thing’s first, our Wichita, KS family dentistry team will first need to remove the decay from the tooth to prevent it from spreading; however, once we’ve removed the decayed enamel, we need to rebuild the tooth afterward. This is where a dental filling comes in; but not just any kind of dental filling—a tooth-colored filling. After all, we know you want a restoration that blends right in with your smile.
That’s why the dental fillings that we offer are made from a dental resin that is matched to the shade of your tooth before being placed. A filling is designed to rebuild and reshape the tooth, as well as strengthen the tooth so you can chew and bite down without worrying about damaging the tooth.
How is a tooth-colored filling placed?
The composite resin used to fill a tooth has a putty-like texture, which allows our Wichita, KS family dentistry professionals to be able to apply the resin directly to the tooth and then shape it. Once we’ve chosen the shade that most closely matches the tooth, we will apply the resin layer by layer until the area is completely rebuilt.
Of course, the putty material also makes it easy for us to shape and trim the material. With each layer, we will need to shine a light over the tooth to harden the resin to the tooth. Since these fillings are applied directly to the tooth this means that we don’t have to remove as much enamel to make room for the filling. This provides a more conservative approach to restoring your tooth after a cavity.
Wichita Dental Group prides itself on caring for cosmetic and family dentistry. Whether you are dealing with a cavity or simply need to schedule a routine dental checkup for yourself and your family, give us a call today at (316) 265-0849 to schedule an appointment with Dr. John Lewis.