Tooth Colored Fillings
In the past, teeth were filled with a mixture—or amalgam—of different metals. Today that is changing as more natural-looking and metal-free dental fillings are becoming the preferred approach.
Dentists are using more tooth-like materials (composite resins and porcelains) that are both safe and predictable. The most important feature, for many people, is that they look and react more like natural teeth.
Repairing Tooth Decay & Cavities
One of the most common dental ailments is a cavity, and at our Sheer Smiles dental practice, Dr. Shir offers comfortable, natural-looking treatment solutions for this problem. Cavities are created by bacteria that colonize on enamel and feed on sugars in the food you eat. This bacteria forms plaque, the yellowish sticky film you might see on your teeth that eventually turns to calculus (tartar). The bacteria can wear away teeth causing decay. Root canal infections and gum disease also occur because of oral bacteria. Brushing and flossing is very important to keep this bacteria in check, but if you do have teeth with decay, our Frisco professionals can repair them, giving them back both their health and beauty.
Tooth-Colored Fillings for Children
Tooth decay develops when the acidic by-product of bacteria breaks down tooth structure. When this acid erosion causes a pit to develop in the tooth, that pit is called a cavity. At Sheer Smiles Dental, Dr. Shir can repair cavities using composite filling material that is matched to your tooth color. Our fillings are metal-free to eliminate your exposure to mercury.
Your Frisco dentist will remove any present decay and then place the composite filling material in the pit. This is referred to as a direct restoration because it is shaped and placed directly onto the tooth. Once the material is placed, it is hardened by a special light and then polished until it blends in with your natural tooth. Composite resin fillings, also known as white fillings, are durable, long-lasting, and best of all, very aesthetically pleasing.