Is There a Cosmetic Treatment for Cavities?

Cavities affect almost everybody at some point, which is why treating them has always been an important part of dental care. However, for centuries, that treatment involved materials such as metal that left a noticeable impact on the tooth following treatment. Today, most dental treatments have some cosmetic aspect, focusing on your smile’s appearance as much as its health and function. For instance, tooth-colored fillings, which are made from lifelike, biocompatible resin, can effectively fill a cavity and prevent the tooth from becoming infected again. The fillings also blend in discreetly with the healthy appearance of your natural tooth structure.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

  • The reason past fillings have been so noticeable is because they were typically crafted from metal amalgam. While strong and durable, metal cannot be tinted to resemble natural tooth structure. By contrast, tooth-colored composite resin is comprised of finely ground acrylic and quartz particles that can be custom-tinted with lifelike precision to match your tooth.
  • The cosmetic benefits of tooth-colored resin are one of the biggest reasons why tooth-colored fillings are so popular, but they’re effectiveness is why dentists recommend them increasingly more often. Composite resin bonds securely to your tooth structure, which means your filling offers better protection against oral bacteria that could try to enter the cavity again.
  • If a tooth filling fails, then the tooth can become more seriously decayed and require root canal treatment to restore. By offering better protection for your tooth, tooth-colored fillings reduce your risks of needing further treatment, which improves your overall long-term oral health.

Ask Your Dentist About Cosmetic Tooth-Colored Fillings

By blending in with your tooth while treating its cavity, tooth-colored fillings offer a cosmetically appealing solution to treating tooth decay. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.