Tooth-colored fillings are an effective dental solution for cosmetic and functional corrections. The material used in these fillings matches the surrounding color of your natural teeth while standing up to the normal wear-and-tear of everyday use.
The composite material is especially beneficial when filling cavities that are visible when you smile or speak. It blends so well that you can confidently share your revitalized smile with everyone.
Getting fillings is more than a cosmetic procedure, though. It’s important to correct any cavities as soon as possible to avoid infections, minimize pain and sensitivity, and restore the strength and functionality of the tooth.
What are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
The most obvious benefit that most people seek from tooth-colored fillings is the way they are practically indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. No one has to deal with a mouth full of metal anymore.
However, there are a number of other benefits that have made composite resin preferable over the old silver amalgam, including:
- Better bonding – The resin is bonded directly to your tooth, which means the bond is stronger than a metal filling.
- Stronger and more durable results – Once the composite is heat cured in place, it provides a strong, reliable chewing surface.
- More tooth preservation – The composite bonding process provides the necessary strength to hold it in place, so we don’t need to remove as much of the tooth as was necessary to hold a metal filling.
- No mercury – Some people are sensitive to certain metals, and mercury could pose some health problems. The composite material we use has no questionable components.
The technology and techniques for placing composite, tooth-colored fillings continue to develop, and we work to keep up with all the current methods and use only the best materials.
Of course, everything still starts the same way: we remove the decay from the tooth and thoroughly clean the area to remove any bacteria that may be lingering there.
The next step involves isolating the target tooth from the surrounding teeth to ensure that moisture from other parts of the mouth won’t impact the bonding process.
Then, we place the adhesive materials on the tooth before we begin to fill the space with composite resin. This final step is done in several thin layers, with each layer hardened in place with the special bonding light.
Maintaining Your Tooth-Colored Fillings
There are some simple things you can do to take care of your new fillings. Our general dentist will provide some instructions on caring for your newly restored teeth right after the filling is placed. While it doesn’t take too long for the composite to cure completely, you should still take it easy on the filling for a while.
It’s important to keep brushing and flossing and maintaining other parts of your dental hygiene routine to ensure that all of your teeth remain healthy. And remember that, just like your natural teeth, these new fillings could be stained by coffee, and tobacco, and other foods and beverages.