There’s no need to panic if you learn you have a cavity. The expert team at Cooper City Family Dentistry in Cooper City, Florida, offers tooth-colored fillings to repair your smile with the most natural-looking materials possible. These composite fillings are so durable and seamless that the team even uses them to restore chipped, cracked, broken, or worn-down teeth. To learn more about how dental fillings can strengthen your smile, call Cooper City Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.
A filling repairs teeth that have decayed or been damaged due to cavities, cracks, breaks, or gradual wear and tear. Your dentist may recommend a filling to repair a tooth that has been impacted by repeated teeth grinding, nail-biting, and more.
While many filling materials are available, Cooper City Family Dentistry offers composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, to patients who want their smile to look as natural as possible.
Overall, it takes about an hour to set a filling, though times vary depending on your unique case. First, your dentist numbs the area surrounding your tooth with a local anesthetic before using a dental drill, air abrasion tool, or laser to remove the decayed portion of your tooth.
Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned, your dentist fills the tooth with a special filling material. For composite fillings, they then apply a tooth-colored material in thin layers, using a curing light to harden each layer. This provides a natural appearance for your tooth before it’s trimmed, shaped, and polished to perfection.
Composite fillings are most often used to restore damaged teeth or tooth decay in the front of your mouth, but they can be used in the back of your mouth, too. By the time you leave the Cooper City Family Dentistry office, your new filling will look and feel identical to the rest of your teeth.
Like any dental restoration, fillings must be properly cared for and replaced over time to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Most fillings last for several years, however, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and mouth injuries can dramatically impact the reliability of your filling.
In addition to routine bi-annual checkups with the Cooper City Family Dentistry team, make it a point to examine your filling on a regular basis. If you notice any cracks around the filling, schedule an appointment right away. Your dentist may recommend repairing the filling or protecting your tooth with a dental crown instead.
For more information on your filling options, call Cooper City Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.