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Find out how a tooth-colored filling can restore your smile after decay.
If our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillon detected a cavity during your routine checkup then it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Of course, once the decay has been removed, our dental team will want to restore the tooth back to its normal strength, resiliency, and shape. This is why a tooth-colored filling is placed—read on to learn more.
What is a dental filling?
A filling is a custom restoration made from durable tooth-colored material such as composite resin or porcelain that fills the holes in your teeth after a cavity. A filling is designed to treat minor to moderate cavities, and can restore functionality and strength back into a tooth. Everyone who has a cavity will need to get a dental filling.
What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?
Our Thornton, CO, family dentist has noticed an array of benefits when using tooth-colored fillings over other types of fillings. Here are some of the reasons our dental office chooses to place cosmetic fillings,
- Blends right in with your smile: We choose a shade of resin that most closely matches the shade of the tooth we are treating. The result is a restoration that blends right in as soon as it’s shaped and hardened to the tooth. You won’t even notice the filling and no one will notice it either.
- Preserves more of your natural tooth: Since the resin that we use to fill teeth is applied in thin layers, this means we won’t have to remove as much natural, healthy enamel as we would with other types of fillings. This ensures that we preserve as much of your tooth’s healthy structure as possible, which keeps it strong.
- Boosts confidence: A cavity may have you feeling a bit self-conscious about your smile but a filling will not only restore and strengthen the tooth but also cover holes left over by decay. No one will even be able to tell that you have a filling so that you can smile with complete confidence.
Need dental care? Give us a call
When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been more than six months, then it’s high time you sat down in the chair for a checkup. Prevent cavities from happening in the first place by visiting our dentist at Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, for routine cleanings and care. Call us at (303) 280-2285 to schedule your next cleaning.
Thanks to all the amazing dental technology we have at our disposal, it’s now easier than ever to replace teeth with realistic, resilient tooth replacements that look just like the real thing. Find out why more and more people are turning to our Thornton, CO, dentist Dr. Christina McMillion to get dental implants.
How does a dental implant work?
A small metal screw is inserted into the jawbone in the gap where your tooth used to be. To do this, our Thornton dentist will first administer local anesthesia to the area prior to making a small incision the gums, then placing the implant into the jawbone. Several implants can also be placed along the jawbone to support multiple false teeth (e.g. dentures).
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
It can several months to get a complete dental implant. The implant itself, which is placed into the jawbone, will not be visible when you smile. The purpose of the metal post is to support the false tooth, which sits above the gums. It can take several months for the jawbone and implant to fuse together. Once the bone and implant have bonded, then we will still need to place a special piece that links the implant with the false tooth.
This piece is known as an abutment. After securing the abutment on top of the implant, then we can cement the custom crown in place over the abutment.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are a healthy adult who is missing one, several or all of your teeth in Thornton, CO, then dental implants could be the ideal way to replace your missing teeth. We will need to check your teeth, gums and jawbone to make sure everything is strong and healthy enough to support the implant. These are things our dentist will discuss with you during your consultation.
Hearthside Dentistry in Thornton, CO, prides itself on providing comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dental care to patients of all ages. Dealing with tooth loss? We can help you.