Tooth-Colored Fillings in Nampa, ID
Natural-Looking Tooth Restoration
We understand how important a healthy smile is to your everyday life. A cavity can make it difficult to eat, speak, and enjoy yourself. Fortunately, at Premier Dental Care, we offer an immediate solution: tooth-colored fillings.
Dr. Bingham and our experienced staff will customize your filling to match your natural teeth and restore your smile. Explore our guide to learn how tooth-colored fillings can benefit you.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity is the result of the buildup of a bacteria on your teeth called plaque. If plaque accumulation is allowed to build up too much, it creates small holes in your tooth’s enamel, causing a cavity. It’s essential to have your cavities treated quickly as they can lead to more severe health risks like tooth loss.
Traditionally, silver (amalgam) fillings were the standard treatment method for cavities. However, many patients express concerns about these fillings, like their metallic appearance and the presence of mercury in the fillings. That’s why we are proud to offer tooth-colored composite fillings to Nampa, ID as a fantastic restoration alternative.
These composite fillings are mercury-free and customized to match your teeth and blend seamlessly with your unique smile.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
There are many advantages to having a healthy smile that you can stand confidently behind. Some of these benefits include:
- Natural-looking appearance
- Customized to fit your bite
- Durable resin that lasts a long time
- Bonded securely to your tooth
- Preserves tooth structure
Placing Your Restoration
Another great bonus of composite fillings is the quick procedure time. Dr. Bingham is able to place most patients’ restorations in one simple appointment. First, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to the affected area to numb the tooth, making the procedure painless. Then the doctor will remove the infected section of the tooth, sterilize the area, and clean it.
Once prepared, we’ll place the tooth-colored filling onto your tooth’s surface and bond it. Then, the restoration will be adjusted until it fits comfortably with your bite. After that, you’ll be able to benefit from your healthy and complete smile right away.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do composite fillings last?
A composite filling can last up to 12 to 15 years with proper oral care. This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, rinsing after meals, and scheduling biannual visits with your dentist. If you need to replace your filling, the process for doing so is simple and easy enough that we can complete it in just one appointment without any local anesthetic.
Does getting tooth-colored fillings hurt my oral health?
The process of getting a composite filling is minimally invasive and painless. Before starting your procedure, Dr. Bingham will apply a local anesthetic to the affected area to ensure that you won’t feel a thing. While you may feel slight discomfort for a short time after the procedure, you can simply treat them with over-the-counter pain medication or a cold compress.
Can I replace my amalgam fillings with a composite filling?
You can replace your metal fillings with composite ones. While amalgam fillings were at one point extremely popular in general dentistry, patients now prefer mercury-free, composite fillings. Generally, it’s completely safe and simple to replace your metal filling with a composite resin to achieve better cosmetic and restorative results for your smile.
Does dental insurance cover composite fillings?
Most major insurance companies either partially or fully cover the cost of fillings since they’re considered to be medically necessary. Your dentist will recommend that you reach out to your provider to get a more accurate understanding of your coverage and benefits. Ask your dentist if their office offers financing options to make your procedures more affordable.
Stop Cavities in Their Tracks With Fillings
Cavities aren’t the only reason for getting a tooth-colored filling. If your smile suffers from a crack or injured tooth, Dr. Bingham at Premier Dental Care can restore its look and feel with this convenient procedure. Call our Nampa, ID office today at (208) 466-6161 or fill out our contact form to schedule your visit. We also serve patients in Moss, Fischer, Bowmont, and Huston, ID.