Dental Fillings

For many years, the only tooth filling option available was metal. It was cheap and easy to use, so it became the standard. However, many technological advances have lead to extremely effective tooth-colored fillings.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

There are many benefits of these new type of fillings:

  • Visual Appeal – The sight of a mouth full of metal can be distracting, but the new material used for fillings can be matched to the exact color of your tooth. The filling will look virtually invisible.
  • Strength – The older metal fillings were only able to give teeth 40% – 50% of their previous strength, which is why fillings would crack so often. The biocompatible resin used now can better adhere to the tooth, making it almost as strong as it once was.
  • Long-lasting – Since there is an increased strength, there is less chance of cracking, which lowers the chance of needing to get the filling repaired. The composition of the resin is much more ph balanced when compared to old metal fillings, which helps to keep your overall oral health in a beneficial place.
  • Renovation – Even if you have metal fillings from previous dental work, the team at Edinburg Family Dentistry can discuss options to rejuvenate your smile and switch to tooth-colored fillings.
  • Convenient – Procedures can easily be taken care of in one visit. The material can also be used to fix small cracks or chips.

Fillings are an easy way to stop a cavity in its tracks and prevent a larger issue from occurring. With the innovations that have lead to a more natural appearance, fillings don’t have to get in the way of having a beautiful smile.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.