Tooth-colored fillings use what’s known as composite resin to restore teeth damaged from decay. Composite resin is a putty-like substance that’s also used for dental bonding, a cosmetic treatment that repairs minor cracks and chips. Tooth-colored fillings are versatile, as they can also replace unsightly and uncomfortable silver fillings.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a durable, composite resin and provide resistance to the pressure of chewing. This dental resin improves the appearance, texture, and function of fillings, and they easily and quickly restore your smile to its former glory. The composite resin used for tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, and it doesn’t require much disruption to the tooth’s natural structure. With tooth-colored fillings, our dentists can conservatively treat decay and preserve your natural smile.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Silver Amalgam Fillings
One of the many reasons people choose tooth-colored fillings over amalgam fillings is that they blend in with your natural smile. Amalgam fillings can be easily seen and can make your smile look dull and worn, and they can also cause tooth sensitivity and even expand and contract from temperature changes. Because of this, amalgam fillings can damage the tooth and cause a space between the filling and the tooth.
Tooth-colored resin composite is durable, so you don’t have to worry about it damaging your tooth or changing shape over time. Tooth-colored fillings are also ideal if you have a metal allergy, and they do not trigger sensitivities as amalgam fillings can.
How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
Once we examine and clean the tooth, we will prepare the composite resin, matching the color of your existing tooth. We will then numb the tooth and surrounding tissue and place the resin inside the tooth to ensure it remains strong and protected. Next, we will pack, shape, and mold the composite material, so it’s evenly distributed and looks as natural as possible. When the resin is formed correctly, we harden the resin using a special curing light.
Caring for Your Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings require the same maintenance as your natural teeth. To keep your teeth in great shape, you must brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. If you care for your teeth, your filling should last about ten years, if not longer. If you grind or clench your teeth, we can provide you with a custom-made nightguard to prevent premature wear and tear on your filling.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay (cavities) are holes in the teeth from erosion caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria. As the holes grow, they can become more painful and lead to other dental health issues if not treated. Our dental team can provide swift treatment for decay, so your teeth remain strong, protected, and functional.
When it comes to cavities and oral health conditions, we believe that prevention is the best medicine. You can decrease your risk of cavities and disease by:
- Brushing daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing daily
- Eating a balanced, low-sugar diet
- Visiting your dentist regularly
Practicing good oral health habits and visiting your dentist for routine checkups will keep your smile healthy for the years to come. During each dental visit, your dentist will check on your restorations and ensure they are in good shape.
Restore Your Smile with Beautiful, White Fillings
Untreated cavities can wreak havoc on your oral health and the appearance of your smile. However, tooth-colored fillings can protect your teeth without compromising your smile’s aesthetics or your self-confidence.
If you have a tooth in need of repair, tooth-colored fillings may be the treatment for you. Contact Antelope Creek Family Dentistry to learn more about our effective restorative treatments or to book your dental appointment.
We look forward to helping you restore your smile!