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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.
Find out how dental fillings are designed to restore cavities.
Has our Wichita, KS, family dentist, Dr. John Lewis, recently discovered decay during your last dental checkup? If so, it’s a good thing that you keep up with those six-month visits. The sooner a cavity is detected the sooner we can treat it and prevent it from spreading!
Of course, once the decay has been removed it’s time to restore the tooth. When it comes to treating a cavity, don’t you want a restoration that will look like the rest of your teeth? We certainly think so, which is why our Wichita, KS, dentist uses composite fillings. Composite resin is a moldable material that matches the color of tooth enamel. The resin comes in different shades so we can match it to the shade of your tooth (because everyone’s smiles are a little different when it comes to the exact color of their smile).
Tooth-colored fillings are a great alternative to amalgam, or metal fillings, which are amazingly durable but are visible when you smile. Plus, less healthy tooth enamel will need to be removed in order to place a composite filling. This is another reason so many people want to turn to tooth-colored fillings to restore their cavity.
Tooth-colored fillings are also quite durable and, with the proper care, can last up to a decade or longer. Of course, this means coming in every six months for checkups to make sure your filling is still healthy and strong. Remember, that any dental filling will last longer with the proper oral hygiene in place. This means making sure to brush twice a day and floss daily to keep your teeth healthy and clean. If a filling cracks or chips, we can easily replace it when the time comes.
If you are noticing symptoms of a cavity or if you just need to schedule a routine dental checkup in Wichita, KS, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Wichita Dental Group, we want to make sure families get the dental care they deserve. Call us today at (316) 265-0849 to schedule an appointment.