After you have suffered from cavities, Dr. John W. Dovgan can provide durable tooth-colored fillings that match the rest of your smile and protect the remaining structure of your tooth. These restorations are professionally shaped and applied for long-lasting results. As a minimally invasive solution, tooth-colored fillings preserve more of your tooth, which is better for your oral health long-term. Dr. Dovgan can expertly place these restorations during a single appointment at our Phoenix, AZ, office.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Dental fillings are used to address teeth with minor decay or damage. When cavities are caught early on, Dr. Dovgan can effectively treat the tooth with a filling, avoiding the need for more costly and invasive restorations like a dental crown. While amalgam is still a common materials for fillings, today, a tooth-colored options are available, including composite resin. This material is made is a highly specialized substance of glass and plastic compounds that is metal-free, durable, and safe.
Benefits of Composite Resin
Composite resin is the material Dr. Dovgan uses for dental fillings, as it offers numerous advantages over the metal alternative. Unlike metal fillings, which contain mercury, composite resin is non-toxic. It also strengthens and reinforces the tooth, rather than weakening it over time as metal fillings do. Because these fillings are smaller, they require less alteration of your healthy tooth.
The material offers aesthetic benefits as well. Dr. Dovgan can match the shade of composite resin to the rest of your tooth and smile, making your tooth-colored fillings virtually undetectable. Not only can you enjoy a stronger, healthier smile, but you can also maintain its aesthetic appearance.
What is the Treatment Process Like?
The dental filling process is relatively simply and takes just one office visit to complete. After Dr. Dovgan has evaluated your teeth and identified minor decay, he can begin the treatment process. To start, he will remove the decayed or damaged pieces of your tooth. He uses conservative techniques to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Once your tooth is prepared, he will apply the composite resin in layers, using a curing light to harden the material.
Dr. Dovgan will make minor adjustments to ensure the filling feels comfortable and does not adversely affect your bite. When finished placing the filling, we will polish the composite resin to provide a lifelike sheen. In a single appointment, you can leave our office with a healthy, restored smile.
Dr. Dovgan can match the shade of composite resin to the rest of your tooth and smile, making your tooth-colored fillings virtually undetectable.
Caring for Your Fillings
Composite resin is a durable material, but to ensure its longevity, you must take appropriate preventive measures. Maintain a diligent oral hygiene regimen of brushing twice per day and flossing once a day. Avoid using alcohol-based mouthwashes, as these can cause the material to soften over time, making the filling less effective.
Chewing on hard materials, such as ice or pen caps, or biting your nails, is not recommended. These actions can damage both your filling and your natural teeth. To maintain the filling’s natural color, limit your intake of stain-causing foods and drinks like tea and coffee. It is also essential that you keep up with your regular dental visits and cleanings to avoid the chance of future decay.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have a cavity you need filled, contact us online for a natural-looking, non-toxic, and long-lasting solution. You can also reach out to our practice by calling (602) 867-1899.