About Tooth-Colored Fillings
One of the most important reasons to schedule a yearly oral exam is so our dentists at DentalWorks - Durham can catch issues, including dental cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay in their early stages. Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, can fill and seal a section of the tooth enamel that has been infected with bacteria. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to treat cracked or broken teeth, as well as teeth that have become worn down from teeth grinding, nail-biting, and misuse. Unlike older metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin that can be colored to match the natural teeth for fillings that maintain the attractive appearance of the smile. A composite resin filling is a quick, easy treatment at our Durham, NC office by our dentists. With proper care, a tooth-colored filling can protect the teeth for about ten years.
"I have been to this office four times now, and each time I experience a pleasant, smooth appointment process, something I have not experienced at other dental offices. The first time I came in, I had an infected wisdom tooth that needed to be pulled. They went ahead and gave me antibiotics and a mouthwash to use while the infection cleared up, took bitewings, and had me come back to get both wisdom teeth on the top out. The oral surgeon (can't remember his name but he was very nice) had both teeth out in just a few minutes, explained everything to me very thoroughly, and listened when I told him that I need more Novocaine than most people as I am a natural redhead and therefore more resistant to anesthesia.At the time of my wisdom teeth being removed, they told me that I needed a list of cleanings and fillings as I had not been to the dentist in a long time, but that I could schedule them at my convenience, when I could afford to come back.Last week, I broke a tooth and came in to have an exam done. They told me I needed a cleaning on that quadrant of my mouth before they could fill the cavity and broken area, and scheduled me. The hygienist was kind, gentle, and patient, and very thorough. She told me I would probably need to take Tylenol or Ibuprofen following my appointment for a day or so while my gums recovered from the scaling and root planing. I went back in yesterday to have the tooth filled and Dr. Legler was great, he remembered me from the previous cleaning visit when I said I needed extra numbing, without me saying it out loud. When I did feel pain during the procedure, he offered me the option to keep going or get numbed again- I tried to brave it one more time but the second time I raised my hand he went ahead and numbed me more and was very kind and patient about having to stop his procedure halfway through to make me more comfortable. Until I have a reason not to I will continue to come to this dental office! I've had nothing but good experiences here, the staff are always great and even though I hate dental appointments I always leave feeling like I worked myself up for nothing because they make it so easy."- A.K. / Google / Nov 27, 2017
"Friendly, professional service. Very understanding staff got me through tough procedure with virtually no pain and kind support. Highly recommend."- P.S. / Google / Nov 27, 2017
"Myself and three of my sons go to dental works for orthodontic care. The staff is always warm and friendly. And although we have had different orthodontist over the coarse of care they have all been top notch"- J.S. / Google / Nov 06, 2017
"Great experience every time. The Staff is always pleasant. The front staff are incredible as well."- L.P. / Google / Oct 16, 2017
"They are great. All of the staff and Dentist are great. Jessica is definitely awesome. The two hygienist that worked with my kids were also amazing. Everyone is very informative and they really seem to care. I drive over an hour to go to this office but its worth it."- A.D. / Facebook / Oct 13, 2017
What to Expect
A tooth-colored filling can be performed in DentalWorks - Durham with the patient under sedation for any pain and discomfort. Once the patient is prepared, our dentists will use a drill to carefully remove the decayed area of the enamel. Then, our dentists will incise the dental enamel with an acid gel to help bond the tooth-colored filling when it is finished. The resin is applied and hardened with a targeted light. Our dentists will continue to place layers of resin and harden them with the light until the tooth is sturdy and capped. Any excess resin can be polished with the drill for a even finish.
Immediately after the tooth-colored filling is placed and fully dried, our dentists will buff the resin for smooth edges. As soon as the sedation is gone, the patient may notice sensitivity to cold, hot, pressure, sweet tastes, and more sensations. This sensitivity is temporary and should not continue for more than 1 - 2 weeks. The patient should incorporate a regular home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, in addition to regular exams and cleanings at DentalWorks - Durham. Our dentists will evaluate the condition of the tooth-colored filling at each visit and help the patient determine when they may consider a new filling.
Most dental insurance policies cover part of the bill of a tooth-colored filling whether it is an original dental filling or a replacement for an existing silver amalgam filling. DentalWorks - Durham will help each patient in determining their insurancecoverage and personal cost during the consultation. For patients who don't have dental insurance, our dentists have several payment and financing options through DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC.
Plan Your Procedure
Cavities can happen to anyone, but they don't have to ruin the appearance and function of the teeth with tooth-colored fillings at DentalWorks - Durham in Durham, NC. These fillings shield areas of decay and fortify the dental enamel while matching the tooth shade to blend perfectly. Talk to our dentists about how tooth-colored fillings can repair the teeth while keeping the smile beautiful!