If you have a cavity or an infected tooth, a dental filling is the best way to restore its structure, prevent further decay, and eliminate pain. At Dental Concepts, Dr. Nirav Patel of Irving, Texas, provides all patients with excellent restorative dentistry, including tooth-colored composite fillings.
Fillings are extremely common procedures. It’s estimated that 92% of adults will develop at least once cavity that requires a filling for treatment, and most adults have multiple fillings. Today, the filling procedure is minimally invasive, and usually only takes a single hour-long appointment.
First, your teeth are cleaned to ensure Dr. Patel can see the problem accurately. Then he will numb the tooth, gums, and surrounding tissues in preparation of the treatment.
Using a small dental drill, the decayed enamel of the tooth is removed and the resulting opening is thoroughly cleaned to remove all remaining decay and debris.
After this, a filling made of composite material is placed. Dr. Patel will make adjustments to ensure that your bite feels natural. When the material is cured, it’s set in place, and the filling will last years.
Mercury-amalgam fillings have been used for nearly a century as a method of tooth restoration. However, modern doctors now turn to composite fillings as a safer alternative. Composite fillings are made with a blend of acrylic resin and glass, resulting in a durable and pliable filling that can be matched to the color of your existing teeth. There is no mercury, which means no potential toxicity. Silver fillings can also cause the treated tooth to appear gray over time. And because of their conductivity, they can cause teeth to be more sensitive. Luckily, we provide composite fillings to all our patients! They are just as long-lasting and effective as mercury-amalgam fillings, with none of the drawbacks.
Is a tooth-colored filling right for you? Here are some benefits you’ll enjoy if you pick a composite filling from Dental Concepts.
If you’re interested in composite fillings from Dental Concepts, Dr. Nirav Patel will give you the information you need to make the right choice for your dental health. Contact us today at 972-869-2273, or come to our office at 7423 Las Colinas Boulevard, STE 101, Irving, TX 75063.