About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Old-fashioned metal fillings are a thing of the past thanks to tooth-colored fillings. Just like amalgam, or traditional fillings, the tooth-colored ones are used to restore form and function to decayed and cavity-riddled teeth. In Houston, Texas, Cosmetic Dental Associates uses this new generation of fillings to provide durability and resistance to further decay and damage with a more cosmetically appealing filler. With its natural-looking appearance, it’s difficult to distinguish between the filled tooth and the rest of a patient’s teeth. Tooth-colored fillings can be used for new cavities or to replace old metal fillings.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Reviews
"Excellent work! Great Team work between Dr. Riley and his tech. They both had great attn. to detail and went above and beyond my expectations. I am Very happy with the service. I will be back."- D.S. / Office Visit / Mar 23, 2016
"I was in and out quickly, no pain no fuss, just professionally perfectly filled tooth. Thanks Spiker"- J.B. / Facebook / Sep 26, 2016
"The people who work at Cosmetic Dental Associates are consistently reliable and extremely talented, kind, and professional, and I trust them completely with my dental care. Becky who manages the office at the front desk is wonderful, and so are the dental hygienists and dental team members Marijo, Kim, and Janice. They are so on top of everything, plus they always are so welcoming and have great communication skills. They are like this with me and with everyone I have seen them interacting with over the past six years or so that I've been going to the dental office for regular teeth cleanings and for the few cavity fillings that I unfortunately had to do. Dr. Matt Guerre does a fantastic job. He is very personable and professional, and has very great attention to detail. He explains scientific details very well- in both layman's terms and in technical terms. He is very thorough and makes sure that he and the team there do the very best job that can be done. Sending a special thank you to Becky and Marijo who I have interacted with the most at the office. Check out this dental office if you want to have a go-to place where you know you'll always be cared for and educated by extremely skilled dental care professionals."- E.D. / Yelp / Jan 18, 2018
"Never thought I would give a dentist a 5 star rating, but my experience today was definitely worthy of 5 stars. From beginning to end the experience was friendly and first class. Liz was very accommodating working me in as was the reception person. Dr. Riley was pretty amazing. He was informative, gentle and very thorough. His assistant made me feel at ease, not an easy task to accomplish in a dentist chair. Thanks for getting me in so quick to fix my issue, and I will be back for a cleaning and full evaluation."- C.B. / Office Visit / May 16, 2016
"Dr. Colt Riley did great work and has an amazing sense of detail. Very happy with my visit and i'll definitely be back for my future dental needs."- D.S. / Facebook / Mar 23, 2016
What to Expect
The dentist offers patients a one-of-a-kind experience when undergoing a filling procedure. Prior to the procedure, the patient’s tooth is photographed and measured to create a filling that is comfortable and matches the shade of their tooth. The filling, made of resin, is then bonded to the tooth. The procedure seeks to create a filling that perfectly fits your tooth and covers the entire area that needs protection. This procedure can cause minor pain and discomfort, so most patients will not be able to immediately return to their regular routines.
Following filling procedure, patients will need time, at least 1 – 3 hours, to allow their anesthesia to wear off before they can leave the office. Patients should be cautious in talking or chewing so they do not bite the inside of their mouth or tongue while the area is numb. The gums may also be tender or sore at the injection site, but this will subside in a day or so. The tooth or teeth will be sensitive to hot or cold liquids or food for a short time, this is normal and temporary. Should patients feel any extreme discomfort or unevenness in the tooth after the anesthesia has worn off, please call our office immediately. Patients should not expect to receive any medication or special instructions unless directed by the dentist during their consultation or after surgery.
Like other dental procedures, the cost of a tooth-colored filling is dependent upon the amount of work that needs to be done and the materials needed. The average cost for a filling typically ranges between $225 to $500 per tooth. Patients should contact their insurance company prior to visiting our office, to inquire if this procedure is covered within their policy. For those without insurance or looking to pay the cost out of pocket, payment options can be discussed during consultation.
Tooth-colored fillings FAQs
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
Cosmetic Dental Associates informs each patient about the longevity of their dental treatments and procedures. This includes the materials used in tooth-colored fillings! Our durable fillings should last for years if you continue to care for your teeth and gums and visit for frequent cleanings.
Is special care required for tooth-colored fillings?
No. The only requirement for tooth-colored fillings is that you keep up with regular dental checkups and cleanings. Our team in Houston, TX, can remove plaque and tartar before it gets a chance to damage the material, prolonging its lifespan! Patients are also asked to brush and floss daily.
Can I replace metal fillings?
You certainly can! Tooth-colored fillings offer a wide array of shades and colors to best match your natural tooth enamel. They look great and function well. No one will even know you had them done. Ask our staff about replacing your current metal fillings with tooth-colored ones today.
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Our dental office would be honored to help you achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of. Our tooth-colored fillings help to maintain the overall beauty of your smile as well as ensuring that you can have comfort. Schedule an appointment to see if tooth-colored filling are the right treatment for you.
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