Composite Fillings Provide Function and Natural-looking Aesthetics
Dr. Craig Hine places composite fillings at his Bixby, OK, dental practice to give teeth strength and a natural appearance following tooth decay treatment. Cavities are common and can be easily treated. Tooth-colored composite fillings can protect the treated tooth without compromising appearance. While silver amalgam fillings are the traditional solution, we have embraced composite fillings because of the many benefits they offer.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
Compared to amalgam fillings, composite resin provides many unique benefits:
- Composite does not expand or contract with temperature changes, so it places no added stress on your teeth.
- Amalgam contains trace amounts of mercury that, although never proven harmful, are worrisome to many patients. Composite fillings are toxin-free.
- Composite requires less dental tissue to be removed during the preparation phase. This also results in little to no sensitivity after treatment.
- Composite does not darken the teeth or gumline.
For more severe cases, Dr. Hine may recommend an inlay, onlay, or dental crown instead of a filling. If you require an extraction because of severe tooth decay, Dr. Hine can place any necessary bone grafts, and coordinate with an oral surgeon to provide a dental implant. In every case, Dr. Hine will recommend the most conservative treatment possible to restore the health of your smile.
Symptoms of Tooth Decay
If you are experiencing any tooth decay symptoms, contact our office immediately so we can help eliminate your discomfort. Symptoms can include:
- Mild to moderate dental sensitivity
- Toothache with dull, throbbing, or sharp pain
- Visible holes or pitting in your tooth
Sometimes tooth decay presents no apparent symptoms. This is why it is especially important to schedule six-month checkups.
Tooth-colored composite fillings can protect the treated tooth without compromising appearance.
Placing a Filling
During your consultation with Dr. Hine, he will use state-of-the art technology to identify the extent of tooth damage. Based on this information, he will formulate a customized treatment plan to meet your needs.
If you need a filling, Dr. Hine will first administer local anesthesia to numb the area. If you struggle with anxiety or dental phobia, he can also provide sedation for optimal comfort. Once you are at ease, he will carefully remove the decayed tissue.
He will then fill the void with composite resin and gently mold the material to match the natural shape and size of your tooth. Using a special curing light, he will harden the resin. In most cases, your treatment will take about one to two hours, depending on how many cavities are being filled.
By maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting Dr. Hine every six months, you can avoid tooth decay and other issues.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are suffering from dental sensitivity or a toothache, you may need a dental filling. Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hine and the team at Hine Dental.
“Keeping the beat of dentistry alive for nearly 100 years.” Dr. Craig Hine