Dental cavities are a serious concern for patients. While brushing and flossing can keep these areas of decay from forming, they can still be hard to spot and may develop on even the most prudent of patients. However, with the help of Drs. Todd S. Adams and Derek H. Tang of Sunnyvale, California, many patients will find that they are able to discreetly address cavities in the smile with the use of tooth-colored, or white, fillings.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
In the past, many dentists have used a variety of different materials to address cavities. This includes silver amalgam fillings and gold fillings. Unfortunately, many of these materials can negatively impact the appearance of the smile, especially if the cavities are in a highly visible area of the smile. With tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin, many patients can repair damage from decay in a way that is practically invisible.
How long do white fillings last?
For many of our patients, white fillings can last several years before they need to be replaced or become problematic. Patients should make sure they visit their dentist regularly for examinations, where fillings can be checked to ensure that they are firmly in place and providing the results patients desire.
Can I eat after a white filling is placed?
Patients may be advised to avoid eating or drinking for a few hours after their dental appointment, but this is not always the case depending on the patient’s unique situation. Our dental team will advise patients of any aftercare instructions they may need to follow after their treatments.
Who is a candidate for a white dental filling?
Any patient who has a cavity in the smile may benefit from a white dental filling. Patients will need to understand that preparation will need to be made, including removing the decayed portion of the tooth, prior to placing the filling.
Are you interested in tooth-colored fillings?
If you reside in the community of Sunnyvale, California and want to speak to Drs. Todd S. Adams and Derek H. Tang about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings to treat dental cavities, contact the office at (408) 355-9292. We accept new and established patients and families seeking comprehensive dental care, including individuals who want to improve the appearance of their smile.