Restorative Dentistry Wisconsin Trust for Flawless, Healthy Smiles
Fillings are the most common treatment to stop the spread of cavities (dental caries) caused by tooth decay. The comprehensive dentists at Total Care Dental in Madison provide composite resin fillings for cavity treatment. Our professionals provide only the best dental restoration services, ensuring you have a beautiful, long-lasting smile. We keep up with the latest innovations and standards in restorative dentistry to make sure you receive only the best, most complete care for your teeth.
Silver amalgam fillings have long been the standard in restorative dentistry to stop the spread of cavities. However, in recent years they have been replaced by more aesthetic and biocompatible tooth-colored composite resin fillings. These fillings better resemble your actual teeth, giving you a natural-looking smile. As a result, we only use resin fillings at Total Care Dental.
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Madison Dentists Recommend Composite Fillings over Amalgam
By bonding directly to your teeth, composite fillings restore most of the original strength of your tooth. Silver amalgam fillings do not bond to the tooth and can expand/contract with temperature changes, making them more likely to cause tooth fractures. Since broken teeth are very expensive to restore, composites can save a lot of expenses over the long run. Composite fillings are recommended because:
- Composites are mercury-free. Mercury in fillings is viewed by some as being toxic.
- Composites require less removal of tooth structure. Especially with new cavities, the size of the hole made for the filling can be dramatically smaller with composites.
- Composite fillings restore the natural appearance of the tooth.
Though composite resin fillings have become the most popular choice for fillings because they match the tooth color better than silver fillings, the best dental filling is no filling at all. Preventative dental health care will keep your teeth strong and flaw-free. Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and regularly visiting your TCD dentist will keep your teeth cavity-free. If decay causes cavities and stains, trust Total Care Dental for the best restorative dentistry services including bonded veneers and fillings.
Long-Lasting Results with Composite Resin
Composite resin fillings take longer to apply to teeth than silver amalgam. However, spending a few extra minutes at our dental office will save you a lot of time later. The natural coloring of composite resin will last just as long as an amalgam filling without affecting the appearance of your smile.
If you currently have silver amalgam or metal fillings, you can have them replaced with composite resin. Just contact our dentists for a consultation to get started. We will use the latest dental technology to determine if it is safe to remove and replace your current fillings.
Tooth Extraction and Replacement
A cavity that reaches the root of your tooth may require root canal therapy instead of a regular filling. If a cavity continues to grow and does not get filled, the tooth will need to be extracted to prevent spreading decay further. The missing tooth will then be replaced with a dental implant or crown, depending on the health of your remaining teeth, gums, and jaw.
Frequently Asked Questions
Common Questions About Resin Fillings
Q: How much do resin fillings cost?
A: Resin fillings, also known as resin composite fillings can on average cost between $135 and $240 per tooth. This cost will vary based on how many sides of the tooth have decayed.
Q: What is resin filling?
A: Resin fillings are used to fill in cavities in the teeth caused by tooth decay, but could be used to fix other dental issues. They are chemically bonded to the teeth that need to be filled.
Q: How long does a resin filling last?
A: Resin fillings do not last forever. These should be checked at the regular 6-month checkup, as they may need to be replaced. They are more prone to chipping, which could lead to more visits to the dentist.
Resin Fillings Don’t Break the Bank
Receiving composite fillings now can prevent a cavity from growing and causing an infection. This will save you money in the long run as a filling keeps you from needing a root canal or dentures in the future. Total Care Dental has financial dental plans to meet the needs of all our patients. You don’t have to choose between breaking the budget and restoring your smile. We accept cash or personal check, credit cards, CareCredit cards, Illumisure, and most major insurance plans. If you are uninsured, we offer a 5% discount when $300 is paid in full before treatment.
Dental insurance companies may require the patient to pay the difference between a silver and composite filling on back teeth. Let your Madison dentist know if you have any questions about your insurance, and Total Care Dental will be happy to do a complimentary benefits check for you.