As one of the most common types of procedures performed at a dentist, dental fillings are used to restore teeth that have been affected by mild to moderate decay. And while silver fillings have been used for a lot of years, there’s a new option to restore your smile: tooth-colored fillings.
Ready to learn more about this natural looking alternative to metal? Keep reading now!
Although most tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin, some are made of porcelain. But whichever material is used, they are made to match the color of your teeth.
A dentist can place composite fillings immediately after the decayed portion of a tooth has been removed. If your dentist uses porcelain, it will need to be molded to fit your tooth and generally takes longer than resin, but it too can be matched in color to your teeth.
The procedure for placing tooth-colored fillings is the same that your dentist uses in other materials such as metal fillings. First, your dentist will remove the part of the tooth that contains decay. The space will then be filled with the resin. Next, a special light is used to cure the resin for maximum durability. And last, the dentist will sculpt the hardened resin to match your bite.
A primary location for tooth-colored tooth fillings to be used is on the noticeable front teeth where appearance is important since they will be seen every time you smile. For back teeth, they can also be used, but it depends on the specific location and the extent of the decay of the tooth.
Aside from their realistic color, tooth-colored fillings offer these advantages:
At Dental Care of Morristown, we want to protect not only the beauty and functionality of your smile, but we’re also committed to your improved well-being and overall health by offering free consultations and free second opinions. Make your appointment today!