Fort Worth Metal-Free Fillings
Restore your smile naturally.
The Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Natural look and feel – The color and translucency will blend with your enamel, so your smile will look and feel natural. Metal fillings, on the other hand, have a grayish-silver appearance.
- Free of mercury and other metals – While mercury and the other metals in amalgam fillings are generally recognized as safe in dentistry, some patients are uncomfortable with the idea of having mercury, a toxic metal, in their mouths. Composite fillings are completely metal-free and BPA-free.
- Lower risk of sensitivity – Because metal is conductive, metal fillings are more at risk for increased sensitivity to heat and cold. Composite fillings are not very conductive, so this is not a concern for most patients.
- Requires the removal of less tooth material – Generally, tooth-colored fillings require the removal of far less enamel compared to metal fillings. As a conservative dentist in Fort Worth, Dr. Ryan Schmidgall is always looking for ways to reduce the invasiveness of your procedures, and preserve more of your enamel.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are an alternative to metal “amalgam” fillings. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of silver, mercury, tin, and copper. Metal fillings have been used in dentistry for nearly two centuries.
In contrast to metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made from a special mixture of glass and composite dental resin. They look more natural than metal fillings, and have lots of other great advantages. Tooth-colored fillings were first used in dentistry in the 1960s, and are now the preferred method of tooth restoration for most Fort Worth dentists.
What To Expect From The Filling Process
To begin the filling process, Dr. Schmidgall will use a numbing cream and a high tech anesthetic device called “The Wand” to numb the treatment site, and ensure you feel no pain or discomfort during your treatment. After your mouth is numb, he will use a dental drill to gently remove some enamel from your tooth.
He will continue to trim your tooth until he has removed all of the damaged or decayed tooth material. Then, Dr. Schmidgall will select a tooth-colored filling material that matches your smile perfectly. He will apply this material directly to your cavity, sculpting and shaping it to rebuild your teeth. Then, he will harden it using a special UV light.
Once the overall shape of your tooth has been restored, Dr. Schmidgall will check your bite using a special type of paper. Then, he’ll continue to trim your new filling until it fits perfectly into your bite. After that, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your newly-restored smile.
Am I A Good Candidate For Tooth-Colored Fillings?
If you have a cavity in Fort Worth or are looking to update your outdated silver fillings, you’re a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings at your dentist in Fort Worth, TX. Dr. Schmidgall has years of experience in restorative dentistry, and he can provide you with the care you need to treat your cavities, restore your smile, and protect your oral health. Get in touch now to schedule a consultation, and learn more about tooth-colored fillings in Fort Worth.
Dr. Schmidgall and his staff are very friendly and warm. The office is well run and very professional. Treatment there is always comfortable and painless!
Krista S. (Actual Patient)