Tooth-Colored Fillings in Washington, D.C.
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What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
When bacteria attack your enamel, dental cavities are a common problem that develops. Previously, dental cavities were filled with an amalgam material, which is a mixture of metals, like silver or mercury. Now we know that these fillings do not fuse very well with the enamel, and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. At Washington Elite Dentistry in Washington, D.C., our team of dentists uses tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. We can also replace metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings for a safer and more attractive treatment of cavities.
What Can I Expect from Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Receiving a filling with composite resin at Washington Elite Dentistry is usually a simple process. The treatment area will be numbed before we begin. Stronger forms of sedation can be considered if you have any fears or dental anxieties to help keep you relaxed. As soon as you're ready, the infected enamel can be treated using a dental drill that we will choose based on where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay. After the enamel is treated and the tooth is cleaned, the space will be filled with the composite resin and set with a special light. Then, we will polish the filling so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
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Treat Tooth Decay
When you have a cavity, it is crucial to have it addressed before it develops into a larger issue. At Washington Elite Dentistry, cavities can be fixed with tooth-colored fillings. Our team will match the color of your natural teeth so you can have a seamless smile. If you suspect you have a cavity, contact our Washington, D.C. office to schedule an exam with a member of our dental team.
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Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQs
How long can I expect tooth-colored fillings to last?
The longevity of tooth-colored fillings can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the filling, its location, and your oral hygiene practices. Generally, you can expect a tooth-colored filling to last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. Our team of dentists at Washington Elite Dentistry recommends regular dental check-ups to monitor the condition of your fillings and replace them if necessary.
Can tooth-colored fillings stain over time?
Yes, tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin can be susceptible to staining over time, especially if you frequently consume foods or drinks that are known to stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, or red wine. However, these fillings are designed to resist minor stains better than natural tooth enamel. During your regular dental visits, your dentist can polish your fillings to remove surface stains and keep them looking their best.
Are there any special cleaning instructions for tooth-colored fillings?
Generally, tooth-colored fillings don't require special cleaning routines apart from your regular oral hygiene practices. Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily is usually sufficient. However, it’s still important to maintain regular dental check-ups at our dental clinic in Washington, D.C., where your dentist can ensure that your fillings and the surrounding teeth are in good condition.