“Restorative dentistry” is the term the dental industry uses to explain how missing or damaged teeth are replaced or fixed. Different “restorations” include fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants.
Restorative procedures are important for several reasons. When a tooth is missing or broken, fixing the tooth or replacing the missing spaces in the mouth helps keep teeth properly aligned. Removing decay and restoring teeth with fillings makes it easier to maintain good oral care habits and works to prevent further decay, fracture, infection, or loss of teeth. Dark spots from decay and broken teeth can affect your health, appearance and self-esteem. Dr. Barr’s goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues through restorative procedures.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, is a plastic and glass mixture used to restore teeth. They can be used to restore teeth that had decay or for cosmetic changes in tooth color and size. Composite fillings look more natural and tend to be the choice for most patients because of the ability to withstand chewing pressure and look brighter and whiter. They also bond to the tooth to support the remaining natural structure, which both insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes and helps prevent further fractures.
How is a filling completed by the dentist?
The dentist and assistant will work together as a team to remove the decay and prepare the tooth to have a filling done with a drill, water, and suction. Following the preparation of the tooth, the dentist or assistant will put the composite material on the tooth in layers and mold it to the remaining tooth structure. Once the material is in the ideal position, a bright specialized light is used to harden the composite. The dentist will shape and polish the composite to the make sure the tooth is smooth and aligned in your bite.
What does a composite filling cost?
There are many factors involved with the cost of restorations. Dr. Barr will first do an examination to diagnose if a composite restoration is the best treatment option for you. Fees are dependent on the size, number of tooth surfaces, and which tooth is involved. If active decay, fracture, or cosmetic option has been diagnosed and recommended as the best restoration for you, a treatment plan estimate based on your insurance benefits will be presented to you by our front desk team.
Have more questions?
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