Dental Filling in Canton, GA


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About Tooth-Colored Fillings in Canton, GA

For most dental patients, the one thing that no one wants to be told is that they have a cavity, which is a small hole that is created when bacteria get into the tooth. To treat the cavity, the bacteria must be cleaned out before the cavity is filled. In the past, cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, which was a combination of several metals, like gold and silver. Now, dentists understand that amalgam fillings don't bond with the teeth well, not to mention the dangers of mercury fillings to your health. MINT dentistry in Canton, GA is focused on giving our patients advanced treatments that meet their dental needs while keeping their smile stunning. For this reason, MINT dentistry provides tooth-colored fillings for the treatment of dental cavities. These advanced dental restorations are made with a composite resin and are used to fill cavities while blending with your natural teeth to match your gorgeous smile. Our team of experienced, board-certified MINT doctors in Canton, GA is committed to treating you and your family with the highest quality dental care using modern tooth-colored fillings for the age-old problem of cavities.

Tooth-Colored Vs. Amalgam Fillings

Some fillings are made with amalgam, which is a metal-based material that dentists have used to treat tooth decay in patients for more than 150 years. Amalgam (made from a combination of metals, like mercury, silver, tin, and copper) was the only available material to fill the enamel after a cavity had been removed. Compared to modern, composite resin fillings, opening your mouth wide to yawn, laugh, or talk means these old, amalgam fillings are very noticeable. While some people still have amalgam fillings, the skilled dentists at MINT dentistry use composite resin fillings to save the structure of the tooth for a seamless, beautiful smile.

When Is a Composite Filling Needed?

Once a small cavity has been sterilized, a tooth-colored filling is often used to fill it. A versatile dental material, composite resin can be used to treat other problems with the teeth, including cracks or strengthening worn-down enamel caused by teeth grinding (bruxism). Since the material is colored to match your natural teeth, tooth-colored fillings are used to treat both the visible and back teeth for an attractive, seamless smile. If you have metal fillings, speak with a member of the Canton, GA MINT dentistry team about getting them replaced with fillings made with composite resin.

How Is a Composite Filling Placed?

Having a tooth-colored dental filling at MINT dentistry is a simple procedure that can be done in a small amount of time. Before beginning your procedure, a member of our team will show you how to use the massaging feature on our comfortable treatment chair, allowing you to choose the music that will play during your procedure. The areas surrounding the cavity will be numbed with a local anesthetic so you won't feel any discomfort. Stronger sedation options can be discussed with your dentist to keep you comfortable and relaxed if you have any anxieties or fears about your treatment. Once you are prepped and relaxed, the decayed area will be carefully removed with a state-of-the-art drill. After the infected enamel is eliminated and the surrounding enamel is sanitized, the hole will be filled with the composite material and hardened. Your dentist will polish the material so it blends with your other teeth and feels smooth.

Dental Filling Aftercare

The composite resin filling will set in the tooth quickly, leaving a tough surface. This will allow you to get back to your regular routine within the same day as your appointment. You might have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for a few days, but that should wear off soon. You can take nonprescription pain medication if you feel like you need it, but patients typically report little to no discomfort. We recommend you come back for an adjustment after getting fillings to keep your dental bite correct. Complications with your bite are common because the patient’s mouth has been numbed with local anesthesia; however, it is easy to fix. Just contact our office. To keep your new tooth-colored filling clean, you should follow a home oral care routine that includes brushing and flossing every day. At your regular appointments for cleanings, we will check your tooth-colored filling and determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Fillings made with composite resin material generally last for a very long time and look natural. To keep your teeth healthy and beautiful, it is important to attend biannual dental cleanings at our practice in Canton, GA.

The MINT Commitment

A tooth-colored filling for a cavity is typically covered by your insurance, at least in part, depending on what type of insurance you have. A member of our MINT dentistry team will speak to your insurance company to check how much your insurance will cover and then calculate your out-of-pocket cost. If you do not have insurance, the MINT dentistry support staff can go over the payments accepted by our practice during your consultation, as well as medical financing options. MINT dentistry believes that every patient in Canton, GA deserves a luminous and healthy smile, and we're dedicated to making it easy for everyone to fit dental care into their budget. Speak with us about how your routine cleanings and treatments, like tooth-colored fillings, are priced under our exclusive MINT Discount Plan.

A Bright, Healthy Smile

MINT dentistry has a treatment to help restore your oral health when you get a cavity so that you can keep your sexy, beautiful smile. Using advanced technologies and special techniques, a tooth-colored filling can quickly and easily treat a small area of tooth decay. Our experienced doctors and dental professionals will match the color of your natural teeth to give you an attractive smile and better oral health. If you suspect you or a family member have a cavity, contact MINT dentistry in Canton, GA to schedule an oral health exam.

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