Once upon a time, a silver filling was the only way to repair a cavity and stabilize a decayed tooth. This color, especially in the smile line at the front of the mouth, was not ideal, considering that teeth are white by nature. Fortunately, we offer tooth-colored fillings in Champaign, IL to give you a silver-free smile.
The composite material used to fill cavities comes in a variety of shades, and Dr. Scott Anderson, Dr. John Anderson, and Dr. Cesar Alburez will select a hue that matches your teeth. Tooth-colored fillings in Champaign, IL are designed for patients of all ages, including children.
In addition to filling cavities, composite material conceals tooth flaws using a method called dental bonding.
How Tooth-Colored Fillings in Champaign, IL Work
It all starts with a cavity diagnosis. A cavity means you have an area of decay on your tooth. When your dentist discovers this cavity, he numbs the area, clears away the tooth decay, and closes your tooth with composite resin, or a tooth-colored filling in Champaign, IL.
Dental Bonding to Upgrade Your Smile
If you have a discolored tooth, your dentist can apply composite resin to that tooth, smooth it out, polish it, and camouflage the stains. He can also use the composite resin to conceal small chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, and minor shape abnormalities.
Dental bonding is an inexpensive way to upgrade your smile, and your dentist in Champaign, IL often completes the process during a single visit.
Lower Your Cavity Risk Today
Tooth-colored fillings in Champaign, IL are a fantastic alternative to silver, but ideally, we think you’d rather not have a cavity to begin with!
Yes, everyone gets cavities—not just children—but you can lower your risk for future cavities by following best practices put forward by the American Dental Association.
Best practices for a healthy smile include:
- Brushing and flossing at least two times each day
- Visiting your dentist in Champaign, IL twice each year for a comprehensive exam
- Allowing for periodic x-rays as needed
- Seeing your Champaign, IL hygienist every six months for professional teeth cleaning
If you indulge in sweets or a diet high in acidity (fruit juice, for example), you may want to cut back or add a third tooth- brushing session to your at-home routine.
If you suffer from bruxism—grinding and clenching your teeth—we recommend a nightguard to help prevent wear, breakage, and cavities. You wear this appliance while sleeping, and it prevents teeth grinding by creating a gentle buffer between the upper and lower jaw.
If you're prone to cavities, your dentist in Champaign, IL may suggest a fluoride treatment, too.
Contact Our Dental Office to Learn More about Tooth-Colored Fillings in Champaign, IL
We think you deserve a winning smile, and tooth-colored fillings and dental bonding are an inexpensive and ideal way to enhance your smile.
Get in touch with a team member today to schedule your next exam.