About Composite Fillings
Getting the care needed for dental cavities and other forms of tooth damage early on is important to preserve the health and appearance of your smile. Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, develop when acid from bacteria eat away at the enamel, creating a hole in the tooth structure. At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, our general dentists often treat small areas of tooth decay or other forms of damage with tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin. These blend evenly with surrounding teeth for a natural-looking result while helping to reestablish your oral function. If you or a family member have a cavity, chipped tooth, or other minor restorative needs, we invite you to schedule a visit with our New Braunfels, TX dentists to see if a tooth-colored composite filling is ideal for your oral health needs.
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Who is a Candidate for Composite Fillings?
Kids and adults may be excellent candidates for composite fillings. Composite resin is a versatile material that offers strength and durability and can be used to address a range of dental needs, such as small cavities, cracks, chips, and wear on the enamel from teeth grinding or acid erosion. In some instances, our New Braunfels, TX team may be able to replace old silver (amalgam) fillings with tooth-colored composite for a more aesthetic alternative. Since the composite resin is tinted to match your natural teeth, these fillings may be placed on both the front and back teeth for a smooth finish.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Having a tooth repaired with a composite filling is typically a simple process at ACE Dental of New Braunfels. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable, but nitrous oxide sedation can be discussed if you tend to feel anxious during dental visits. When you are ready, the damaged tooth structure will be cleared away by one of our seasoned dentists and the tooth will be thoroughly disinfected. A composite material that most closely matches your natural enamel will be used to fill in the area and hardened with our curing light. To complete the procedure, we will polish the filling so that it feels smooth, like a natural part of your tooth, and will check your bite for comfort.
Caring for Your Dental Filling
In most cases, you should be able to resume your normal routine once your tooth-colored filling is in place, but your tooth may feel sensitive to temperature for a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication can be taken to increase your comfort. Please contact ACE Dental of New Braunfels if your filling seems high or uneven once the anesthetic wears off so that we can arrange for a quick adjustment. Composites can be cared for by following a good home oral care routine, including daily flossing and brushing. During your routine dental examinations, we will check your filling to ensure it is still meeting your restorative needs.
Are Composites Covered by Insurance?
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for dental cavities that may be covered in part by dental insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company ahead of time to understand your coverage and then calculate any out-of-pocket costs. To help make your care even more affordable, ACE Dental of New Braunfels proudly accepts a wide range of convenient payment options, including low-interest healthcare financing.
Treat Cavities With Tooth-Colored Fillings
Chipped teeth and small dental cavities may seem like small concerns, but it is important to treat these conditions before they develop into a more concerning issue. At ACE Dental of New Braunfels, our talented team commonly places tooth-colored composite fillings to treat minor restorative needs. Contact our New Braunfels, TX facility for more on how a composite filling might help offer a seamless treatment option for your smile!
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