Fillings don’t have to compromise the beauty of your smile. At Tran Family Dentistry in Federal Way, Washington, Binh Tran, DDS, MAGD, and Ryan Tran, DDS, blend their general dentistry expertise with cosmetic dentistry specialization to restore your tooth while maintaining its appearance. To learn more about your options for fillings, call the office or make your appointment online today.
Your Tran Family Dentistry provider recommends a filling when your tooth has decayed to the point that its structural integrity is compromised. When decay is left untreated, it can cause serious oral health issues.
First, if it reaches the sensitive pulp in the interior of your tooth, it will cause you tooth pain. Secondly, over time, it eats away so much of your tooth that your tooth can crack or fall out of your mouth entirely.
By treating your tooth with a filling, your Tran Family Dentistry provider stops decay in its tracks and repairs any damage to the tooth, giving you a sturdy chewing surface and allowing you to talk and smile normally.
That said, not all fillings are created equal. Some are visible in your mouth, marring your smile. To protect the appearance of your teeth, the team at Tran Family Dentistry offers composite fillings.
Composite fillings are an alternative to the traditional amalgam fillings dentists have long used. The dark color of these amalgam fillings makes them highly visible in your mouth.
Composite fillings, on the other hand, are colored to match your tooth perfectly. Once the filling is in place, your tooth looks completely natural. No one will ever guess you have a filling in the tooth.
The primary benefit of a composite filling is its ability to blend in with your smile. But that’s not the only perk of this filling type.
These fillings are made from a specialized blend of quartz and resin that make them durable and long-lasting. They can even be used to fill cavities in back molars where your teeth experience the most wear and tear from chewing.
Additionally, the process for getting these fillings is less invasive than with amalgam fillings. While an amalgam filling requires your dentist to make space for the filling itself, the composite filling material starts out soft and putty-like. This allows your Tran Family Dentistry provider to remove only as much of your tooth as is necessary to get rid of the decay. Then, they shape the filling to restore your tooth and cure it to harden it. You’re left with a durable, natural-looking tooth.
To learn more about composite fillings, call Tran Family Dentistry or make your appointment online today.