Why patients choose tooth-colored fillings for areas of decay

If you need to restore tooth decay, it is essential that you consider the filling option best for your smile. Many patients in Richmond, Virginia, who have cavities will find that they want a cosmetic solution that does not appear as an obvious restoration. That is the reason why Dr. Naveen Chennupati of Best Smiles recommends tooth-colored fillings for patients ready to enhance their smiles while repairing areas of tooth decay.

What is a tooth-colored filling?

When a cavity is spotted, it presents as a hole in the natural tooth. The tooth needs to be filled to keep the cavity from getting larger or deeper. This filling is known as a tooth cavity filling. In the past, many dentists used, and some continue to use, silver amalgam materials which are dark and noticeable within the smile. With white fillings for teeth, patients can enhance their smiles and treat their cavities simultaneously. This composite resin material is safe, aesthetic, and effective at providing a reliable filling for cavities present in the smile.

Why do I need to fill a cavity?

Some patients who have cavities don’t even realize they have them until their dentist spots them. However, this doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be treated. If cavities are left untreated, they have the potential to become wider and deeper. Cavities that reach deep enough and infect the dental pulp inside the tooth can cause a more severe problem. Infection can occur, causing patients considerable pain and discomfort that brings them into our office with a toothache. Patients will often need root canal therapy to save the tooth from permanent extraction to correct this issue. Instead, if patients treat the cavities with fillings, they can maintain the natural tooth structure and reduce the risk of more serious problems later.

Schedule a visit today with Dr. Naveen Chennupati

If you reside in the Richmond, VA community or beyond and are ready to enhance your smile with tooth-colored fillings, contact the Best Smiles team today at 9195 Staples Mill Road to book an appointment. The practice is open to patients and families of all ages!