Seamlessly Repair Damage with Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Decay can affect surrounding teeth and potentially require tooth extraction if left untreated. Tooth-colored dental fillings are often sufficient to halt minor to moderate instances of decay or structural damage. Not only does composite resin provide added strength to the restored tooth, but it blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. First Impressions Family Dentistry, serving patients in the Nashville, TN, area strives to provide the best care for all of our patients, specifically tailoring our services to accommodate special needs patients. As a metal-free practice, composite resin is used to provide safer, more natural-looking solutions. Dr. Mike Glasmeier has dedicated his career to providing exceptional dental services that make maintaining good oral health more manageable for those with special needs.
What Are Tooth-Colored and Traditional Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, are composed of a specialized plastic which contains glass particles. Fillings can fill in areas that have been treated for decay, as well as chips and fractures that have damaged the tooth.
Metal fillings often require the removal of some of the natural tooth structure for a proper fit. These fillings can also cause tiny cracks in the tooth when exposed to extreme changes in temperature as they contract and expand frequently. In addition, metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal fillings cannot offer the same aesthetic advantages as composite materials since they can cause discoloration over time. Most importantly, many patients prefer not to place metal fillings, which contain small amounts of mercury, in their body.
Benefits of Metal-Free Restorations
Not only can composite fillings match the protection once provided by silver amalgam fillings, they are actually stronger. These restorations chemically bond to damaged teeth for improved support and stability. And because this material does not corrode, it also provides greater stability.
As a metal-free practice, we use composite resin is used to provide safer, more natural-looking solutions.
There are also several cosmetic advantages of tooth-colored fillings. Since they can be precisely color-matched to patients' smiles, they can be used for front teeth as well as those in the back. As a result, composite fillings can repair damage while maintaining a natural-looking appearance.
What to Expect During Treatment
Prior to treating any special needs patients, we request a questionnaire so that we can gather important information that allows us to tailor their treatment. To ensure that a filling is the best solution, we will provide an in-depth examination to evaluate the extensiveness of the damage. While minor to moderate decay or fractures can be treated with a filling, larger issues will require a dental crown.
Dr. Glasmeier will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth. The composite resin is then used to fill the space left behind and is hardened using a curing light. He can reshape the resin for a natural-looking, comfortable fit. The restoration will then be polished to match the sheen of the surrounding teeth. Dr. Glasmeier prides himself on his ability to provide his patients with high-quality results they will be confident in.
Personalized Care for Exceptional Results
At First Impressions Family Dentistry, we will consider the unique circumstances of our special needs patients at every step of the process. Dr. Glasmeier has dealt with these situations with his own children and seeks to provide the best materials and techniques for his patients. Ensure your loved one receives the proper dental care to repair their smile by contacting us today.