Thanks to the advent of dental composite material, Dr. Mobley is able to fill even the largest of cavities with this tooth-colored material. The obvious benefit is that the color very closely matches the shade of your natural teeth, which means that no one will even realize that you have a filling! But the composite material offers other advantages as well. Unlike the old silver amalgam filling material – which was not only visible when first applied, but also had a tendency to darken to an almost-black color over a period of years – the new composite material does not change color. And the material, which is typically made from a mixture of plastic resin and silica filler, is remarkably durable and long-lasting.
Although the type of material used for tooth-colored fillings is quite different from the old silver amalgam material, the procedure involved in getting a new filling has not changed – at least not from the patient’s point of view. Dr. Mobley begins by removing existing decay (and/or old filling material, if the new filling is replacing an existing one), after which she thoroughly cleans the surface of the tooth. Finally, Dr. Mobley fills the tooth using a composite material that closely matches the color of the patient’s natural teeth.
To find out more about our dental services, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Megan Mobley, contact our Austin, TX office today.