UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770 | MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832
UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770
MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832

Cosmetic Bonding

Find Out Everything About Cosmetic Fillings

There several types of dental fillings for restoring damaged teeth, but often people restore and improve their teeth using composite resin. The reason most people go for composite is because it is unnoticeable.

Find out everything about cosmetic fillings

There several types of dental fillings for restoring damaged teeth, but often people restore and improve their teeth using composite resin. The reason most people opt for composite resins is because it blends with the tooth color, which makes it unnoticeable. Composite resins may be used to restore minor tooth cracking or chipping that don’t require crowns or veneers. A dental filling is one of the most commonly used procedures in dentistry and can be used to restore cavities and chipped or fractured teeth.

What are cosmetic fillings? Unlike traditional dental fillings, cosmetic fillings are colored. They are natural-looking and thus it is hard to notice them. Unlike the old school amalgam dental fillings which are metal in nature, our fillings here at URBN dental are BPA-free tooth-colored fillings. Thus, we ensure that your smile is as beautiful as ever!

Cosmetic fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are used to restore the structure of the tooth. Amalgam fillings were traditionally used in the past to restore cavities and decayed teeth. Nowadays both the patient and the dentist prefer using composite resin because not only does it restore the tooth structure and functions, but also has the esthetic value and come in a variety of shades that blend with the natural teeth. Cosmetic dental fillings at 77002 and 77027 are made of composite plastic resin that are esthetic and BPA-free.

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Why do you need cosmetic fillings?

Even though traditional amalgam fillings have been around for decades, they are becoming obsolete with the rise of newer restorative materials such as the composite resin. Amalgam fillings get the work done and are quite inexpensive, but they also come with drawbacks. The main drawback is that they are metal in nature and therefore are not ideal for restoration in the esthetic zone. Cosmetic fillings, on the other hand, blends in with the natural teeth color and can therefore be used to restore the front teeth. More and more dentists and patients opt for composite resin because of this esthetic and natural look.

There are several reasons you need cosmetic fillings. Do you have gapped teeth? Is your tooth cracked, broken or a chipped tooth? Do you have a worn-out tooth or a small tooth cavity? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you are a good candidate for cosmetic fillings.

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Who is more susceptible to needing cosmetic fillings?

Your teeth may look durable, strong and tough, but it is important to know that they can crack or fracture due to stress and trauma like a blow to the face, a fall or an impact. Tooth fracture can be a serious or minor problem. While some cracks can be noticed right away, others are very subtle and unnoticeable. Some symptoms like discomfort, sharp pain and sensitivity may signify the presence of cracks within or around your tooth.

It may seem hard to prevent your teeth from cracking. However, there are some preventative measures you can follow to ensure you are less susceptible to cracks and other fractures. For instance, you should avoid the habit of chewing on hard foods like unpopped popcorn, ice, and pens to name a few. If you play contact sports or have the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, make sure you wear a mouth guard or nightguard when playing or sleeping. If the unhealthy habits are not discontinued, you may end up with cracked teeth, making you more susceptible to needing cosmetic fillings.

Another common dental problem is tooth decay, or cavities. Plaque build up are one of the main causes of tooth cavity. A person increases their chances of developing cavities if one does not maintain good oral hygiene and does not floss or brush regularly. Regardless, you should avoid sugary foods, dark drinks, alcohol and tobacco.

How do you treat a patient using cosmetic fillings?

The first step to placing cosmetic fillings is preparing the tooth. The dentist preps the tooth and removes any decay first. Local anesthesia may be necessary for restoring larger cavities that extend into deeper structures of the tooth. Compared to amalgam flings, cosmetic fillings require less tooth to be drilled. After cleaning the tooth of all decay, the dentist applies an etchant and a primer to open up the enamel and dentin pores. Bonding is then placed right before the composite filling to ensure retention of the cosmetic filling.

The second step is placing the filling material. The dentist at URBN Dental Uptown and Midtown will place the filling material and shape the tooth to look like a natural tooth. The dentist will use a strong curing light to harden the composite. Lastly, they will check and adjust the bite to ensure that the filling is not hitting first and you are biting naturally and comfortably.

After adjustments are made, the dentist at 77002 and 77027 will smooth and polish the fixed composite filling to make them look and feel like natural teeth. Not only do cosmetic fillings restore decayed, chipped and fractured teeth, they also enhance your smile! You don’t have to tolerate the unattractive amalgam fillings anymore.

What are the symptoms of someone who needs cosmetic fillings?

Cosmetic dental fillings at URBN Dental are great for fixing small cavities. However, not everyone is a great candidate for cosmetic fillings. For example, extensive cavities that remove most of the solid tooth structures require dental crowns for maximum protection.

What makes you a good candidate for cosmetic fillings? These are issues that can be addressed using cosmetic fillings:

  • Minor tooth fractures (chipped, cracked or broken teeth)
  • Gapped teeth
  • Minor tooth decay
  • Worn out teeth
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
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Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.