You Can Have A Natural Looking Smile With Fillings That Blend In With Your Natural Teeth
Dentists are using more tooth-like materials of composite resins and porcelains that are both safe and predictable. The most important feature, for many people, is that they look and react more like natural teeth.
The advantages of tooth-colored fillings include:
- They closely match natural tooth color and appearance.
- They bond to tooth structure chemically and thus do not require the placement of slots, grooves or pins in healthy tooth structure to mechanically retain them.
- The bonding of white fillings to the tooth restore 85% – 95% of the original strength of the tooth.
- They completely harden in seconds instead of days required by some other materials.
- Tooth sensitivity, if any, due to composite resin use is minimal and brief.
- They may be used on front and back teeth without compromising aesthetics.
- If damaged they can be repaired.
Typically, tooth colored fillings (white fillings) are composite resin fillings. The most versatile and commonly used tooth colored filling today is composite resin filling. A composite is a material in which filler particles are encased in and bound together by a hard matrix material.
Tooth colored composite fillings are chemically bonded to teeth. For this reason, the placement of white fillings does not always require numbing the area being restored. Numbing (anesthetizing) the area is often required if tooth decay has progressed beneath the enamel layer and into the underlying dentin layer which surrounds the nerve of the tooth.
Once decay is removed, the tooth is cleaned and a primer is applied to the area being restored. The primer opens pores in the enamel and dentin. A bonding agent is then flowed into the open pores and cured.
Curing prepares the bonding agent to adhere to the tooth colored filling material. The filling material is then placed inside the tooth.
After shaping the tooth colored filling material to resemble the natural anatomy of your tooth it is hardened by curing with a strong curing light. Once the white filling hardens, your bite will be checked to make sure your teeth fit together properly.
If the tooth filling extends into the space between your teeth your dentist will also make sure you can floss between your teeth properly. Adjustments will be made if necessary followed by smoothing and polishing of your new filling.
If you have decay and are need of a filling, you don’t have to have those unsightly silver fillings anymore. Call our office today at 214-547-1010.