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Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

December 20, 2021
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Posted By: Joel R. Koch, DDS
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So, you’re at your dental appointment, and your dentist just gave you some not-so-great news: you have a cavity in your tooth. Though cavities are undesirable, there’s no need to panic or become frustrated. Dental decay is easy to treat at our West Chester, OH dental office! 

Dr. Joel Koch is a friendly and experienced dentist who can quickly and effectively treat your cavity using an attractive tooth-colored filling. Patients and dentists alike prefer tooth-colored filling for several reasons, namely, because they’re a conservative, practical, and aesthetic way to treat dental decay. 

Here are some of our favorite benefits of tooth-colored fillings and why we use them to restore and repair teeth.

#1 Quick and Painless Treatment

A tooth-colored filling is a quick and painless treatment that takes less than an hour to treat one or two cavities. We first numb the teeth and gums, which takes 10 to 15 minutes before removing infected tooth material and cleaning the tooth.

Next, we apply and shape the tooth-colored composite resin designed to match the natural shade of your teeth. We then use a special light to cure the resin and finish off by polishing the tooth. 

#2 Aesthetically Pleasing 

Unlike gold or silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly with your surrounding tooth structure and neighboring teeth. Your restored tooth will look completely natural when you smile, speak, laugh, or eat. 

#3 Durable and Long-Lasting 

With proper oral care, your tooth-colored fillings can last for ten years or longer. To extend the life of your filling, brush at least twice daily, floss daily, and receive a dental exam and cleaning every six months. Also, avoid using your teeth as tools, like chewing pencils or untwisting bottles with your teeth. 

#4 Preserves Healthy Tooth Structure

Composite resin bonds directly to teeth, so your dentist can preserve more natural tooth structure than gold or silver fillings. 

#5 Mercury-Free 

Unlike silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings do not contain mercury, which many patients prefer and appreciate. 

The dental office of Joel R. Koch, DDS, offers tooth-colored fillings in West Chester, OH. Don't hesitate to contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Koch at our conveniently located dental office. 

We look forward to restoring your smile! 

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