How Do Dental Fillings Function?

Lafayette LA Dental Fillings

You just found out that you have a cavity and you need a filling.

You probably have a lot of questions. What exactly is a filling? How does the filling stay in place? Will people be able to see my filling?

At the office of Drs. Smith and Domingue, we take your smile’s health and its appearance seriously. This is why we are pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings in Lafayette, LA. Tooth-colored fillings blend in beautifully with the natural shade of your enamel and are impossible to distinguish from your own tooth structure – even from close up!

Tooth-colored fillings offer a number of other benefits as well:

1. Tooth-colored fillings bond directly to your tooth.

Metal fillings do not bond with your tooth. When a tooth is filled with a metal filling, the dentist must craft an “anchor” to help hold the filling in place. Over time, the filling can become loose, providing an opening for bacteria.

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin. This structure allows them to actually bond directly to the surface of your tooth. No anchor is needed, and the filling isn’t going to come loose.

2. Tooth-colored fillings allow us to preserve more of your healthy tooth structure.

Because of the need to create an anchor for metal fillings, we have to remove more tooth structure. This means that in addition to clearing away the damaged and decayed portion of your tooth, we also have to remove healthy tooth – something we’d prefer to avoid!

We want to preserve as much of your own healthy tooth as possible, and tooth-colored fillings allow us to do that. We also incorporate laser dentistry into our treatments, which allows for highly precise removal of damaged tooth structure.

3. Tooth-colored fillings can be used to repair different kinds of damage.

Because the composite material used in these fillings is such a close match to your own enamel, we can use it to make esthetic repairs to problems like chips, cracks, worn-down teeth, and even areas of discoloration. This versatile treatment can usually be completed in a single visit for fast, beautiful results.

Regular check-ups are important when it comes to catching cavities and other problems as early as possible. Early detection and early treatment usually means simpler, more conservative treatment, which is something everyone appreciates!

If it’s time for your next check-up, give us a call at (337) 235-1523 to schedule!