Tooth-Colored Fillings – Lincoln, NE
Seamless Repair for Growing Smiles
With kids, cavities can happen despite your best efforts. In fact, just under 80 percent of the population has had at least one cavity by the time they turn age 17. Dr. Killeen and our team understand and want to help your child while they learn how to care for their teeth.
In the past, whenever someone got a cavity filled, everyone around them knew about it from the obvious, silvery blob on their tooth. Thankfully, the days of amalgam fillings are behind us. At Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, we use advanced materials to restore your child’s healthy smile after decay. Our tooth-colored fillings blend in with your child’s natural enamel, giving them the confidence to let their smile show in any situation.
Why Choose Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry for Tooth-Colored Fillings?
- Experienced Pediatric Dentist
- Warm, Welcoming Dental Team
- Sedation Available for Anxious Patients
What are tooth-colored fillings made of?
Amalgam fillings got their gray color from the metal alloy used to make the material, consisting of silver, tin, mercury, and copper. In contrast, tooth-colored fillings are completely metal free and are made of composite resin. This flexible material combines dental plastic and fine ceramic particles and attaches directly to the tooth structure. As an added bonus, composite resin can be shaded to closely match the color of tooth enamel—hence the name.
What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?
There are more advantages to tooth-colored fillings over amalgam ones than just enjoying a more appealing appearance for the restored tooth. For example, being metal free, composite resin does not react to extreme temperatures, helping your child avoid tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. In addition, composite resin bonds very well to tooth enamel, which means that Dr. Killeen will be able to only remove the infected parts of the tooth, preserving more of your child’s natural smile.
How are tooth-colored fillings placed?
After Dr. Killeen has identified a cavity, we will follow this process to treat it:
- He will give your child a local anesthetic, which will numb the area and keep them comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Then, he will remove the decayed parts of the tooth.
- He will place the putty-like composite resin in the tooth and sculpt it into a lifelike shape.
- We will use a curing light to harden the resin, and Dr. Killeen will make any last adjustments for a natural look.
This entire process can usually be completed in just one appointment, allowing your child to get back to their normal schedule without a huge disruption.
What is the after-care for tooth-colored fillings?
Typically, tooth-colored fillings last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced, but their lifespan largely depends on how well you take care of them. Luckily, you can do so through the same actions you take to keep your child’s smile healthy and strong. They need to brush twice and floss once daily and keep up their routine checkups and cleanings with at our Lincoln office.