Tooth-colored fillings in Washington, DC, are made of composite resin, a mixture of plastic and glass particles that mimic the color of natural teeth. These fillings are popular because they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed in order to place, unlike other materials. This means that teeth can be restored with composite fillings without as much of the tooth structure being removed. This makes a tooth-colored filling in Washington, DC, a more conservative treatment option for some cavities. However, these fillings can also wear out over time and may need to be replaced. This will depend on the amount of wear your teeth experience, as well as how diligently you brush and care for your teeth and gums.
Getting tooth-colored fillings in Washington, DC, is fast and virtually painless. First, your dentist will numb your tooth, so you don’t feel any discomfort. Then they will remove all decay from the affected tooth and thoroughly clean the area to prepare for the filling. Next, they will take a digital impression of your teeth to ensure the new filling fits perfectly with your bite and won’t cause any teeth to shift or crack in the future. Finally, the composite resin will be applied to the tooth and polished, so it blends in seamlessly with your smile. The entire process can be completed in just one visit, but treatment times may vary based on how many teeth are being treated and whether any additional procedures are needed as well.
Once your tooth-colored filling is complete, you can care for it the same way you care for your natural teeth—brushing twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride, flossing at least once a day, and avoiding foods that could stain your new restoration. You should also continue to schedule regular checkups with your dentist so they can monitor your new filling and make sure it’s still in good shape.
To schedule your appointment with us for tooth-colored fillings in Washington, contact our office today by calling (202) 785-4141. Located in Washington, DC, our office provides high-quality dental care for patients in the surrounding areas. We can help you get the care you need with a wide variety of treatments and services, so call today to learn more!