Tooth-Colored Fillings in Lynnwood

Lynnwood Dentist, WA

 

 

Composite fillings are also widely known as “Tooth-colored filling”. It is a white resin material available in different teeth shades, which is used to treat a cavity, discolored teeth, gaps, or damaged tooth, by removing the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.

 

Following are some of the many reasons for the use of fillings:

 

Tooth Cavities: If you have tooth decay that causes cavity formation, your dentist will perform dental filling to prevent further problems.

 

Small Holes in Teeth: In some cases, a patient may have a tiny hole(s) in one or several teeth. Although these small holes are not cavities, timely filling of these holes avoids inevitable tooth decay.

 

Chipped Tooth: Teeth fracture for various reasons and a timely filling of the teeth will provide long-lasting protection from further damage.

 

Loss of Tooth Structure: When a tooth is damaged by severe grinding or aggressive brushing it will put you in danger of losing the tooth structure. This is more alarming in patients with diabetes. Application of dental filling will enhance the support and keep your teeth healthy.

 

Based on the location of the damaged tooth structure, extent of the decay and the cost of filling material, your dentist will recommend the type of filling best for you. Currently, teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper), or tooth-colored, plastic composite resins of choice that match the natural color of your teeth.  

 

Whatever your situation is, schedule an appointment with our dentist at Lynnwood Dental Studio to find out which tooth-colored fillings are right for you!

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Frequently asked tooth filling questions

What is a cavity?


Cavity or tooth decay is the erosion of the teeth caused by the bacteria that reside in the dental plaque. Sugars and acids produced by the bacteria dissolved mineral such as calcium and causes tooth decay.




How do I get a cavity?


Cavities, also referred to as tooth decay, or dental caries, is the breakdown of the hard tissues of the tooth. You will get a cavity due to a combination of factors including bacteria in your mouth, frequent eating of sugary snacks, sipping sugary drinks and not cleaning your teeth well.




How should I prevent cavity?


You can prevent cavities by regular check-ups by your dentist, good brushing and flossing.




What should I do when I have a cavity?


You should visit your dentist to determine if you have a cavity. If your dentist finds cavities, he/she can fill the cavities to prevent tooth loss.




How do I know if I have a cracked tooth?


Cracked teeth show a variety of symptoms, including erratic pain when chewing, difficulty in identifying the location of the pain, and pain when your tooth is exposed to temperature extremes.




What should I do when my tooth chipped?


Tooth chipping is common, but it is not a serious condition that needs emergency treatment. However, if the chipping is beyond the tooth’s enamel, you can develop infection and lose the tooth. If you have the broken pieces, take them with you when you visit the dentist. It may be possible to repair the chipped tooth.




How to fix a chipped tooth at home?


If the chipping is beyond the tooth’s enamel, you can develop infection and lose the tooth. You can do certain things at home to reduce your risk of complications and relieve pain. Before you visit the dentist, rinse your mouth with warm, salt water to relieve pain and prevent infection. If there is bleeding, apply pressure with clean gauze. Use over the counter temporary dental cement on the chipped tooth if you can’t see your dentist immediately.




How much chipped tooth repair costs?


Your dentist will repair chipped tooth by cosmetic dental bonding that typically costs between $300 and $600 per tooth. However, it can be as high as $800 to $1,000 per tooth depending on the extent of the damage, the bonding process, and local rates. Note that the cosmetic dental bonding is generally not covered by insurance, unless it's done for chipped or broken tooth.




What is caries?


Caries is a disease in which teeth decay and develop cavities due to acid produced by the bacteria.




What is a filling?


Filling is a procedure to restore the damaged teeth to normal shape and function. Your dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and fills the damaged areas by using appropriate filling material to prevent further decay. These materials include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).




What is the difference between mercury fillings and tooth colored fillings?


Dental mercury fillings contain a blend of several metals, including mercury and silver. On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings do not contain mercury, and they are made with composite materials that seamlessly blend in with the surrounding natural teeth.




Are mercury fillings bad for health and dangerous?


According to food and drug administration (FDA), the mercury used in dental amalgam fillings is not at a level high enough to cause harm in patients.




How much teeth bonding cost?


Dental bonding costs about $100 to $400 per tooth. The final cost of your treatment will depend on the number of teeth being treated, your goals for treatment, and local business rates.




How long does dental bonding last?


A restorative bonding procedure is durable, natural-looking, and effective. There is no set timeframe for how long the resin will last. It can last for several years or decades. Taking care of your teeth will help to increase its longevity.




Will a tooth bonding procedure be uncomfortable?


Not at all. Bonding is a non-invasive procedure and one of the most comfortable restorations you can receive. In order to complete the restoration through bonding, we roughen the tooth slightly and apply a conditioning liquid. We will then apply the resin material that matches the shade of your teeth.




Can restorative bonding be used to fill gaps in between my teeth?


Yes, it can. When you visit Lynnwood Dental Studio, we can close small gaps between your teeth using this simple procedure. The bonding procedure is an alternative to placing veneers or crowns or undergoing an orthodontic procedure.




Can dental bonding reshape my teeth?


Yes. Bonding is an excellent way to reshape your teeth. We can use it to lengthen your teeth or change their width. By doing so, your teeth can appear more uniform, and we can eliminate the inconsistencies between your teeth.




Will cosmetic bonding help if my teeth are stained?


Yes, if you have stains on your teeth, we can use bonding to cover them. We suggest trying a whitening procedure first since this can improve the appearance of your smile with relative ease. There are times, however, when a whitening procedure is not enough to remove some of the deep or more significant stains. This is where restorative bonding can be particularly useful. When you visit Lynnwood Dental Studio, we can discuss your options with you and complete the procedure in as little as one visit.




Is a tooth bonding procedure reversible?


Yes, since we apply bonding without removing the enamel on your teeth, the process is reversible. If you want to change course and restore your teeth or change their appearance with an alternative procedure in the future, you can.





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