We will grant you that no one dreams about getting a dental filling.
We also hope that you will never need one, but more than likely, you will at some time in your life.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 92 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had cavities. Likewise, roughly 1 in 4 adults (26 percent) have untreated tooth decay right now.
At the same time, 59 percent of teens in the United States develop cavities.
If this happens to you or to someone in your family, you just might wish you had somewhere you could go to get a tooth-colored dental filling. If you live in Spring, TX, our composite fillings fit the bill.
You can call (832) 791-1706 to make an appointment at Texas Dental Group. We are here to help you prevent cavities or to fix your teeth if you already have decay.
Why White Fillings?
Dental fillings have been around for centuries. For a long time, some kind of metal filling was considered the best option.
Gold fillings — the most expensive option — do last a long time. Amalgam fillings — which are made by combining mercury with other metals such as copper, silver, and tin — are similarly effective.
From a strictly functional standpoint, metal fillings do two things very well. They protect teeth from additional decay, and they restore the function of damaged teeth.
But metal fillings also have a big drawback — they look like metal. When you have a gold or amalgam filling in one or more of your teeth, it can be a distraction to other people.
From what we’ve heard from our patients, it can make some people self-conscious about speaking, eating, or smiling in front of other people. Most people probably aren’t going to ask you about your oral health history. Yet, you may still worry that they are paying more attention to what’s in your teeth than they are to you.
This is where our white fillings stand out — or rather where our white fillings don’t stand out like metal ones.
By using a composite resin, we can create a filling that provides the function of a metal filling but looks like a natural part of your tooth. With a tooth-colored filling, you won’t have to worry about whether someone thinks you may have had a cavity recently.
Replacing Your Metal Fillings
If you’ve had fillings of any kind for a while, then you know they need to be replaced from time to time. So far, no one has developed a permanent filling.
The longer you have a filling, the more likely it is to suffer from wear and tear. Some fillings chip. Some fillings crack. Some fillings just become worn down. And given enough time, fillings can start to separate from your teeth or, worse, fall out.
Any of these things will reduce the effectiveness of your fillings. Have a filling that’s incomplete could actually create a problem since it can allow bacteria to get into spaces that you can’t clean with a toothbrush or floss.
If you have regular dental cleanings and exams, this is something we will be watching for at Texas Dental Group. We will let you know if your fillings are ready to be replaced. If you have a metal filling now, this would be a good time to replace your old filling with one of our tooth-colored ones.
You also may want to replace your metal fillings for strictly cosmetic reasons. You might be tired of worrying about how they make your teeth look. We can replace your old metal fillings with composite fillings in this situation as well.
However, you should keep in mind that there is no functional reason to replace your old filling with a new tooth-colored one. This is something we can discuss more if you make an appointment. We want you to have the information you need to make the right choice for you.
Don’t Let Decay Stop Your From Smiling
We will do everything that we can to help you prevent tooth decay from damaging your teeth. But, we also want you to be prepared if you are one of the 92 percent of Americans who develops at least one cavity during your life.
When you do, Texas Dental Group and our tooth-colored dental fillings will be here to restore your smile. For more information or to schedule a visit with us, contact us online or call (832) 791-1706.