Treating Cavities With Tooth-Colored Fillings

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When a cavity forms, you could develop discomfort and eventually suffer from an infection. To avoid major oral health complications, a cavity must be treated quickly. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will discuss how we place a filling, and the steps we take to diagnose a lifelike one that is free of metal!

Warning Signs of a Cavity

How do you know if you have a cavity that needs attention? Well, if you attend checkup and cleaning visits every six months, then we will have a chance to examine your smile regularly, and if we discover the earliest stages of enamel erosion, we can offer treatment. Otherwise, you may not know until the decay reaches a more advanced stage, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of eventually infection. You could experience tooth sensitivity when you eat or drink, or a persistent toothache that doesn’t subside with time. When you have discomfort, we will look at your tooth and find out if you need a filling.

Composite Resin

While metal is effective, it can also change shape with time, increasing the risk of decay in the future. The material could also be problematic for young children, the elderly, or pregnant women. Fortunately, we have a metal-free composite resin that is metal-free and safe for everyone! The material blends glass-like and acrylic particles, which we then shade to blend with the tooth seamlessly. We also use the same material in dental bonding procedures, allowing us to repair minor chips and cracks and also address common cosmetic issues with shape and color!

Placing a Filling

The filling process starts with the administration of a local numbing agent. Once you’re comfortable, we remove all decay for the tooth and then thoroughly clean it. Afterward, we prepare and place the material in several different layers. The dentist will sculpt and mold the tooth as the composite resin is cured under a special light. The last step is to polish the tooth thoroughly for a brighter appearance. The process only takes one visit to complete, and protects you from worsening pain or infection! To help prevent future cases of tooth decay, be sure you cut back on sugary foods and drinks, brush and floss daily, and see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning visit.

If you have any questions about treating or preventing issues like tooth decay, then give us a call or schedule your next visit for a checkup and cleaning!


Our team wants to offer a treatment for tooth decay that looks natural. To find out more about treating issues like tooth decay or an infected tooth, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.