Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

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If a patient has tooth decay, Dr. Holly Krystek may recommend a dental filling in Muscatine, Iowa. A dental filling is used to fill the area of a tooth where decay was removed. Dental fillings can also be used to fix broken or chipped teeth, or teeth that are worn down.

How is a dental filling placed?
Local anesthetic is used to numb the area. The decayed area of the tooth is removed by our dentist. The area is probed to ensure that all of the decay has been removed. The area is then cleaned of bacteria and debris. At this point, the tooth-colored filling is placed in layers. Each layer is cured with a special light as it is placed. When all of the layers are in place, our dentist will shape the composite material, trim off any excess, and polish the final filling.

What is a composite filling?
Composite fillings are tooth colored, durable fillings. They can be placed in either the front or the back teeth. Composites are a popular choice for people who prefer that their fillings look natural.

Does dental insurance cover composite fillings?
Most dental insurances cover the price of a composite dental filling up to the cost of a silver filling. The patient may then have to pay the rest.

How should I care for a tooth with a dental filling?
Continue to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and visiting Lifetime Dentistry for cleanings. If you ever notice a crack or chip in a filling, or if you feel a sharp edge, call our office for an appointment.

We invite you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.