Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria erodes your dental enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of different metals such as mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't bond well with the enamel and the mercury is hazardous to your health. At Alpine Dental Arts in Lakewood, CO, Dr. Justin Becerra uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Becerra can also take out metal fillings and apply composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment of cavities.
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings often fill in the decay in the enamel once it has been cleaned by Dr. Becerra. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to treat other problems with your teeth, such as chips or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is colored to blend with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a desirable appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Becerra about getting them taken out and re-done with composite resin.
What To Expect
Receiving a filling at Alpine Dental Arts is typically an easy process. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered to easy any fears or dental anxieties and keep you relaxed. Once you're ready, the decayed enamel can be removed using a unique dental drill that Dr. Becerra will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the enamel is removed and the area is disinfected, the space will be replaced with the composite material and set with a special light. Dr. Becerra will smooth the filling so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to resume your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages for a few days. You can use nonprescription pain relief medication to address any discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems too high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by following a regular home care routine including daily flossing and brushing. During your annual dental exam, Dr. Becerra will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that are typically covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your personal cost. If you don't have dental insurance, our financial advisor will go over the payment methods we accept at your appointment, plus offer information on medical financing.
Dental cavities may begin as a common problem, but it is crucial to have them treated before they develop into a larger problem. At Alpine Dental Arts in Lakewood, CO, small areas of tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Becerra makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to schedule a dental exam with Dr. Becerra.