• FAQs: What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

  • toothacheWhat happens when you damage a tooth or develop cavities? You will require repair to protect the health and stability of your tooth. To return your smile to full function and health, you may benefit from atooth-colored filling. This unique restorative option can keep your smile beautiful and whole.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth-Colored Fillings

    Question: How do I know if I have a cavity? Answer: People with tooth decay may notice one or more symptoms, including tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a toothache. In addition, a severely decayed or infected tooth can lead to fever, a foul tasting discharge, and discomfort when opening and closing the mouth. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, please contact our office today. Question: How does a filling work? Answer: First, our doctors will examine your tooth and remove the decayed portions. Next, your tooth will be cleaned and the dentist will cause a slight abrasion. This allows the composite resin to better attach to the tooth. This material can be shaded to match the surrounding structure. Finally, the composite resin will be cured with a special light, restoring your tooth in one visit. Question: What else can tooth-colored fillings be used for? Answer: The same composite resin can also be used in dental bonding procedures. We employ bonding to correct chipped, misshapen, or discolored teeth. Bonding can also be sued to close gaps between teeth. Like a filling, this procedure involves adding layers of composite, reshaping the tooth, and curing it with a light. Question: What happens if I ignore a cavity? Answer: If you ignore a cavity, the tooth can become infected. Eventually, a root canal procedure may be necessary to save the tooth. In extreme cases, the tooth can die and will require extraction to prevent the spread of infection.

    Contact your Redmond Dentist

    At Redmond Dental Care, we encourage you to contact us, as we are always available to address your concerns. Please feel free to give us a call during work hours at (425) 883-2100 or contact us via our email address. After work hours, you can contact us with an emergency through our 24-hour answering service. We are happy to serve patients in the 98052 zip code and we look forward to hearing from you!