Tooth-colored fillings: Enjoy a more natural looking smile

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Fillings are one of the most common types of dental work. Used to restore teeth with mild to moderate decay, fillings can be made of metal amalgam or of tooth-colored materials. If you’d prefer to keep your smile looking natural and avoid the use of amalgam, talk to your dentist about these newer options.

What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings are made from substances that match the color of your teeth. Most commonly, they’re made of composite resins, though some fillings are made of porcelain. Your dentist can place composite fillings immediately after the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. Porcelain must be molded to fit your tooth, and generally takes longer; however, it can be exactly color-matched and has a more realistic luster.

The procedure for placing tooth-colored fillings is the same as that used to place metal fillings. Using a drill, your dentist removes the part of the tooth that has decayed. He then fills the space with the resin. He uses a special light to cure the resin, making it hard and durable. After the tooth is filled, the dentist will use special tools to sculpt the hardened resin to match your bite.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Aside from their realistic color, tooth-colored fillings offer other advantages over metal amalgam, including:

  • They don’t transmit heat or cold, so they won’t cause sensitivity in your restored teeth
  • They bond to the tooth so the tooth is less likely to crack
  • The dentist is able to remove less of the tooth to make room for the filling

Resin fillings are an excellent choice for front teeth, where a metal filling would detract from your smile. However, they are also a good choice for back teeth because they help the molar retain strength and integrity, which is sometimes lost with a metal filling. Tooth-colored fillings do tend to be less durable than metal, but they can also be repaired more easily.

If you want to restore your natural smile, call us at Towson Dental Care today!