Tooth-colored fillings are typically placed in a single appointment. The procedure is painless, as a topical anesthetic will be used to numb the mouth prior to placement. Once the numbing has taken effect, Dr. Spaniel will remove all of the decay and thoroughly clean the affected area. She will then begin to place the filling material, typically in layers to ensure optimal coverage, size and shape. The layers will be hardened and bonded into place using a special light. Once Dr. Spaniel has finished placing the composite material, she will polish it so it matches the translucent quality of natural tooth enamel.
With good oral hygiene, tooth-colored fillings can last for many years without a problem. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss them daily. Routine dental exams and cleanings with your dentist are very important for keeping your teeth and fillings healthy. If Dr. Spaniel detects a problem with your filling, she can address it right away.
Keep in mind that not all tooth decay can be treated with a filling. Cavities that are too large for a filling may be more effectively treated with an onlay or inlay. If the damage to the tooth is extensive, Dr. Spaniel may recommend a dental crown. She can discuss your treatment options and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each during an in-office consultation.