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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Casper, WY

Seamlessly Repair Your Child’s Cavities

For many years, it was common for dentists to use silver amalgam as a cavity filling material. Unfortunately, amalgam contains increased levels of mercury and may appear unattractive on the teeth. The good news is that we have a superior solution for addressing mild to moderate tooth decay – tooth-colored fillings in Casper! These aesthetically pleasing restorations can effectively stop cavity progression, promoting your child's confidence and a healthy smile. If you’d like to learn more, simply keep reading!

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin that consists of plastic, minuscule glass particles, and additional substances. This resin can be color-matched to seamlessly blend with the surrounding teeth, much like the material used in dental bonding procedures. These fillings are effective in addressing mild to moderate decay and typically offer lasting results for several years following placement.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

We usually administer anesthesia to numb a patient's tooth before filling placement. However, this isn't always necessary and depends on the severity of the cavity and the child's tolerance to sensations in their mouth. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Paulson will remove the decayed tissue from inside the tooth. Then, he’ll fill the cavity with composite resin and use a special curing light to harden it. Finally, he’ll adjust the filling to ensure it doesn't affect the patient's bite.

A filling appointment typically lasts less than an hour from start to finish. Patients can eat and drink immediately afterward, although they may experience temporary dental sensitivity, prompting them to avoid acidic, spicy, hot, and cold foods for a brief period.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Considering tooth-colored fillings in Casper for your little one? Here are some key benefits to consider:

  • Mercury-Free – Tooth-colored fillings contain no mercury, a known toxic substance. Made from biocompatible resin, they pose a low risk of adverse reactions.
  • Aesthetic Appeal – These fillings blend seamlessly with the natural tooth color, making them hardly noticeable to onlookers.
  • Conservative Approach – Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings require minimal tooth preparation. This preserves more healthy tooth structure.
  • Durability – Tooth-colored fillings are long-lasting and typically remain intact for several years before needing replacement.

If you’re interested in learning more about tooth-colored fillings or considering one for your child, contact our office today to inquire or schedule an appointment!