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Tooth-Colored Fillings for Kids—Duncanville, TX

Where Did the Cavity Go?

Despite a parent’s best efforts, it’s still quite easy for kids to develop cavities. But thankfully, the team at Barefield Pediatric Dentistry knows how to treat them without placing a noticeable metal filling in your child’s mouth that will stick out whenever they speak or eat. With tooth-colored fillings in Duncanville, we can make tiny cavities disappear in a single appointment while protecting your child’s oral health down the line at the same time.

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Why Choose Barefield Pediatric Dentistry for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

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A filling is a dental treatment that involves removing decayed enamel stemming from a cavity and replacing it with a material to restore the shape and strength of the tooth. In the past, this was done using metal amalgam, which while strong, was very obvious because of its dark color.

Here, we instead use composite resin, a plastic/glass particle mixture, that can be shaded to perfectly match the surrounding enamel. It’s the same material we use for cosmetic dental bonding, and it offers the strength of amalgam while allowing us to preserve the natural appearance of a child’s teeth at the same time.

The Process of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling

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For parents with tight schedules, tooth-colored fillings are easy because they only require one appointment to place. After diagnosing your child with a cavity, our team will numb their mouth, remove any decayed enamel, and then apply an etching material. This will make the surface of the tooth slightly rougher so the resin will be better able to adhere to it.

From there, the color-matched resin will be applied to the tooth and shaped to make it look (and function) as good as new. Your child’s tooth might be a little sensitive for a few days afterward, but this will go away on its own. 

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

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