TOOTH-COLORED DENTAL FILLINGS
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
What You Need to Know about Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings.
The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.
At Bluffside Smiles Dental Center, we offer this popular and effective option for restoring the health and beauty of your teeth. Tooth-colored dental fillings, also known as composite fillings, are made from a blend of plastic and glass materials. Unlike traditional metal or amalgam fillings, they can be matched to the exact color of your natural teeth, making them virtually undetectable. This makes them a great option for front teeth or other visible areas of the mouth.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Dental fillings have witnessed significant progress in recent years, with a standout advancement being the emergence of tooth-colored dental fillings, commonly referred to as composite fillings. Unlike conventional amalgam fillings, which display a silver hue, composite fillings are meticulously crafted to harmonize with the natural color of your teeth. This innovation brings about a host of advantages, encompassing both functional and aesthetic aspects. Here’s a comprehensive guide to these cutting-edge dental restorations:
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a blend of resin and finely ground glass particles, which can be precisely color-matched to your natural teeth. This means they blend seamlessly with your smile, making them virtually invisible to the naked eye. This aesthetic advantage is particularly significant for filling cavities in visible front teeth.
In addition to their cosmetic benefits, composite fillings offer a more natural feel when chewing and speaking. Unlike metal fillings, which can conduct heat and cold, causing discomfort, composite fillings are insulating and provide a more comfortable experience.
If you require a filling or are contemplating the replacement of your current metal fillings, it’s advisable to engage in a discussion with your dentist to explore the advantages of tooth-colored fillings tailored to your unique needs.