Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
in Eden Prairie, MN

Did you know that over 90% of working-age adults have at least one cavity in the United States? Tooth decay is an incredibly common issue. Luckily, tooth-colored dental fillings can be used to restore the appearance and functionality of teeth that have been affected by tooth decay and prevent the issue from advancing and causing additional problems. Contact our office today to learn more and get your next visit scheduled.

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What are the benefits of tooth-colored dental fillings?

Tooth-colored dental fillings, also known as composite fillings, offer several benefits. They blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a more attractive and discreet appearance compared to metal fillings. Composite fillings also bond directly to the tooth structure, which can help strengthen the tooth and prevent further decay. They are versatile and can be used for both small and large cavities. Additionally, composite fillings are less likely to cause sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.

How long do composite fillings last?

Composite fillings typically last around 10 years, depending on factors like the size and location of the filling, your oral hygiene habits, and your diet. With proper care, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, composite fillings can last even longer. Avoiding habits like teeth grinding and chewing on hard objects can also help extend the lifespan of your fillings.

What’s involved in the composite filling procedure?

The composite filling procedure involves several steps. First, the area around the affected tooth is numbed with local anesthesia. Next, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and the area is cleaned. The dentist then applies the composite resin in layers, using a special light to harden each layer. Once the filling is shaped and hardened, it is polished to match the natural tooth’s appearance and ensure a comfortable bite.

Are tooth-colored dental fillings covered by insurance?

Coverage for tooth-colored dental fillings varies by insurance plan. Many dental insurance plans cover composite fillings at least partially since they are considered a necessary treatment to remove decay and restore the health of the patient’s smile. As always, it is important to check with your insurance provider to understand your specific coverage and any out-of-pocket costs.