Tooth Colored Fillings. Should I get them? 

Tooth colored fillings (or white fillings) are also known as dental bonding and are the most conservative and preferred way to treat dental decay.  If left untreated decay will spread, necessitating more invasive treatment. Given enough time, decay will grow and spread to the inner part of the tooth which consist of dentin and the pulp. If large amounts of decay are present in the dentin and are close or into the pulp, a root canal will become necessary.

Frequent check-ups from Springfield dentist Dr. Matt Stunkel can help detect and prevent decay from spreading.


What should I expect during the tooth colored filling procedure?

If the filling is past the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel), a local anesthetic is usually necessary for tooth colored fillings.  Following administration of anesthetic when lack of sensation has set in, the decay is removed from the tooth with a dental hand piece.  After removal of the infected tooth structure, the tooth is etched with blue etchant material and allowed to sit for 15-45 seconds.  This etch conditions the tooth and allows the bonding material to better adhere for the tooth colored filling.  Bond and then tooth colored composite are placed into the tooth and then cured with a light to allow the material to harden.  The material is then smoothed down to be even with the rest of the tooth.

Benefits of tooth colored fillings

The tooth colored filling procedure or dental bonding is minimally invasive, cost effective, and predictable.  If taken care of, fillings will last for years and years. The Quail Creek Dental staff will evaluate your current fillings and determine a plan to have you looking your best in no time.