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Composite Fillings: A Natural-Looking Alternative to Amalgam Fillings 

If you have a cavity, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 percent of American adults have had a cavity in their lifetime. Cavities are common, but if they are left untreated, they can cause pain, infection, and serious oral health issues. 

Fortunately, cavities have one of the most simple, cost-effective treatment options available if they are treated early on. Dr. Gary L. Kinder can place a composite filling over the area affected by tooth decay to restore the function and beauty of your smile. These tooth-colored fillings are a popular alternative to traditional amalgam fillings at our Knoxville, TN, office and offer many benefits for patients struggling with tooth decay. 

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Tooth-colored fillings are designed to repair teeth damaged by decay while also blending in with the surrounding enamel

What Is a Composite Filling? 

A composite filling is made of composite resin, a tooth-colored material that is used to fill spaces in your teeth left behind by cavities. Composite resin is made up of a combination of ceramic and plastic that comes in several shades and is made to shine just like your natural enamel. 

The Treatment Process 

The process of receiving a tooth-colored filling is simple, fast, and virtually painless. In most cases, Dr. Kinder can complete a filling under one hour.

Examining Your Smile

In order to determine whether you have symptoms of a cavity, Dr. Kinder will begin each consultation by performing a visual exam and imaging. This will allow him to assess the exact location of a cavity and administer the appropriate treatment. If the cavity has progressed too far, you may need root canal therapy. Otherwise, a filling should suffice. 

Preparing the Tooth 

To ensure your comfort, Dr. Kinder will begin the procedure by numbing the treatment site with a local anesthetic. He will then remove the decayed part of the tooth and clean the remaining tooth structure. 

Placing the Filling

Dr. Kinder will then place the composite resin inside of the remaining space and use a special light to cure the resin in place. Dr. Kinder will reshape and polish the surface of your filling as needed to make sure it looks and feels great. Before you leave our office, Dr. Kinder will ask you to bite down several times to make sure the filling does not disrupt the function of your smile. 

Unlike traditional metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings are ready for use immediately after placement, so you can eat and drink without delay after leaving our office. 

The process of receiving a tooth-colored filling is simple, fast, and virtually painless. In most cases, Dr. Kinder can complete a filling under one hour.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Have Many Benefits 

Tooth-colored fillings have several benefits over amalgam fillings, including: 

  • More natural-looking: While traditional metal fillings stand out against the whiteness of your teeth, composite resin comes in several shades that closely match the color of your natural teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable. 
  • Metal-free: Many patients are hesitant about treating their cavities because they do not want to introduce metal amalgam to their smiles. Composite resin is a great, metal-free, bio-friendly alternative. 
  • More stable: Where amalgam expands and shrinks when it is exposed to different temperatures, composite resin stays intact and does not change shape over time. 
  • More conservative: In most cases, tooth-colored fillings require less enamel removal that metal fillings, allowing you to keep as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. 

In general, fillings are a cost-effective treatment option. By choosing to receive a filling now rather than waiting until your cavity gets worse, you can save time and money on more invasive, expensive restorative dental treatments, such as dental crowns or implants

Address Untreated Cavities Today 

During your next dental exam, Dr. Kinder can check for cavities and provide a natural-looking, tooth-colored filling if necessary. The procedure is cost-effective, efficient, and can help your smile look and stay healthy. To schedule a consultation at Living Life Dentistry, request an appointment online or call us at (865) 539-6030. 

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