Tooth Colored Fillings Specialist

Lakeside Family Dentistry

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Cypress, TX

Your smile should be as beautiful as it is healthy. Although silver fillings do a good job at treating cavities and protecting your teeth from further decay, they can be an eyesore that takes away from the natural beauty of your smile. That’s why Lakeside Family Dentistry in Cypress, Texas, is proud to use tooth-colored fillings in all of its procedures. With tooth-colored fillings, the team of dental experts can keep your smile healthy and gorgeous all at once. To learn more, call the office to schedule a visit or book an appointment with Ryulee Song, DMD, or April Lee, DMD, online.

Tooth Colored Fillings Q & A

What is a dental filling?

The team at Lakeside Family Dentistry administers a filling as a treatment for holes in your tooth enamel. They usually fill in cavities tooth decay causes, but they can be used for other purposes as well, like: 

  • Fixing a chipped tooth
  • Closing a gap between teeth
  • Restoring teeth that are worn, cracked, or broken

Filling refers to both the procedure and the material used in the procedure. 

What is a cavity?

A cavity is a hole in the surface layer of your tooth, which is called the enamel. 

Tooth decay is the most common cause of cavities. It happens when plaque is left to sit on the surfaces of your teeth for too long, which can happen as a result of improper brushing and flossing or simply not brushing and flossing at all. 

There are multitudes of bacteria and acids in plaque that deteriorate the enamel of your teeth. The more time that plaque spends in contact with your enamel, the bigger a cavity it can create. When your dentist at Lakeside Family Dentistry removes the decay, they fill in the space with a tooth-colored filling. 

What are the benefits of a tooth-colored filling?

While there are a variety of filling materials that can effectively treat your cavity, Lakeside Family Dentistry prefers to use a tooth-colored composite with their patients. These composites are strong, durable, and more than capable of restoring your tooth and preventing further decay. Still, they also have a color and translucency that can match the natural shade of your teeth, allowing your filling to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

What happens when I get a tooth-colored filling?

It typically only takes one visit to Lakeside Family Dentistry to place your tooth-colored filling successfully. Your dentist first numbs your tooth and removes any decay in your enamel. Next, they clean and sterilize the cavity, and apply a special medication to protect your tooth if your decay was near your tooth’s nerve. 

Then, your dentist seals it up with the tooth-colored filling material. They use a special curing light to harden the material, then shape it by shaving off any excess material. Finally, they polish your tooth and send you on your way with a beautifully restored and healthy smile. 

If you have a cavity, don’t wait for it to get worse. Schedule your tooth-colored filling appointment with Lakeside Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking online.