What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, are created when bacteria attack your enamel, causing small holes in your teeth. In the past, cavities were treated with a material called amalgam, a mixture of metals, such as mercury or silver, leaving the cavity a gray color on the surface of the tooth. The dental industry has come to realize that these amalgam fillings don't adhere very well with the enamel, and the mercury could in fact be dangerous to your health. At KFA Dental Excellence in Farmingdale, NY, our dentists use tooth-colored fillings made with a white composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. If you already have amalgam fillings, these can be removed and tooth-colored fillings applied for a more reliable and attractive treatment for cavities.
"Okay, so I have been going to KFA dental for going on almost a year now. I was waiting to write a review after getting a bunch of fillings. Because I'm being honest, I was terrified of going back to the dentist. But before I delve into that, I want to talk about how amazing and kind everybody in the building is. The ladies at the front desk are SUPER professional, no question is a stupid question to them. I have never seen them rude to anyone before. You know how sometimes in some medical practices, you can have amazing healthcare professionals, yet the front desk staff is rude and it kills your overall experience? NOT THIS PLACE WHATSOEVER. Moving on, my first visit they did a bunch of X-rays and laid out to me what work needs to be done and explained in lay-mans terms what I need done and why I need it. Dental work is expensive, so you can always go on a payment plan and slowly pay everything off. (also, I have a few fees I still have to pay, and they don't seem to harass you about paying them off quickly) During my cleaning the dental hygienist was super professional and made sure I didn't feel any pain during it since I haven't had a cleaning done in a while. They give you an option to put the anesthetic ointment on your gums. During my fillings, I went in terrified I would feel the novacane needle, they were really good at letting me know what I was going to expect and that I was numb enough before injecting the needle. They gave me a lot of good tips and tricks to cleaning and caring for my teeth and I would honestly recommend people I know to go to KFA dental. If you are still worried about covid, and want to know if there's precautions still put in place, the dentist and hygienist still wear their masks in the there all day, and they ask that you wear a mask going into the building as well. Anybody scrolling reviews to see if they are worth going to, I would say definitively go! It is worth it here."- F.F. / Google / Aug 16, 2022
"I’ve been with KFA dental for about 6 years now and the only regret I have is that I didn’t know about them sooner! Everyone there is very professional, caring, and thorough. The office is very nice, clean, and they have all high tech equipment. Everyone there takes their time to get to know you. The doctors, dental assistants, etc. explain everything to you so you feel as comfortable as possible with whatever procedure you’re having done. They never make you feel silly for any questions that you have. I used to have such anxiety going to the dentist and now I know I am in such good hands with the KFA family. They’re wonderful. Can’t say enough about them!"- C.C. / Google / Jul 12, 2022
"KFA is the most pleasurable dental experience! They are truly a team of hardworking professionals who make comfort and your dental needs come first!"- K.W. / Google / Jul 12, 2022
"Always feel like I am in professional caring hands when I enter this office! Exceptional front desk staff, hygienists (shout out to Victoria!!) and dentists (especially Dr Ferrari ).All have knowledge and kindness beyond all comparison ! So fortunate to have found KFA and happy to call them my dental crew! Thank you all!"- C.R. / Google / Jul 12, 2022
"This place is amazing! No one else I trust with my smile. Dr. Ferrari and her team do an immaculate job!"- J.D. / Google / Jul 10, 2022
Can I Get Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings typically seal cavities of a tooth once it's been cleaned by a KFA Dental Excellence team member. If you have one or more cavities, a composite filling is ideal. Composite resin can also be used to treat other problems with your teeth, like cracks, or teeth that have become worn down due to grinding. Since the composite resin is colored to blend with your natural teeth, fillings may be used on both the front and back teeth for a great result. If you have metal fillings, you may also be able to replace them with our tooth-colored fillings.
How Will You Give Me My Tooth-Colored Filling?
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at KFA Dental Excellence is, for the most part, a simple procedure. We will numb the treatment area with a local anesthetic to help you feel more comfortable. Other sedation methods can be considered if you have any fears or dental anxieties to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. When you are ready, we will remove the infected enamel of the cavity in the tooth. Once the enamel is cleared away and your tooth is disinfected, we will fill your cavity with the composite material and let it set. One of our fine dentists will polish the filling material so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
Will There Be Recovery After I Get a Tooth-Colored Filling?
After your tooth-colored filling is complete, you should be able to return to your normal routine, but you might notice a sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures for the next few days. If you need to, you can use over-the-counter pain medicine. It should be unlikely that you experience any pain too extreme, however. If after a few days the filling seems too high or uneven, let us know. Your filling won't need any extra care other than following a normal home oral care routine with daily flossing and brushing. At your annual exam, we will check your filling to decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Dental cavities typically start as a common issue, but it is crucial for them to be fixed before they develop into a more painful and expensive concern. At KFA Dental Excellence in Farmingdale, NY, small areas of tooth decay can be treated with tooth-colored fillings. We will match the color of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you or a family member has a cavity, contact us to schedule an exam with Dr. Kahn, Dr. Ferrari, or Dr. Aldieri today.