Tooth Colored Fillings
Also known as white fillings, tooth colored fillings restore teeth from decay and damage using composite resin that closely mimics the appearance and function of natural tooth enamel. In addition to their restorative abilities, tooth colored fillings can also be used to make wonderful cosmetic improvements to imperfect front teeth.
Tooth Colored Fillings for Cavities
A popular alternative to amalgam, or metal fillings, composite resin blends perfectly with the rest of your smile. The advantages of this option compared to silver fillings include the following.
- White fillings don’t mar the appearance of the smile like silver fillings
- Tooth colored fillings leave more of the natural tooth structure intact
- Composite resin hardens completely in just seconds
- Natural-looking white fillings are good for both front and back teeth
- White fillings are less likely to hide future problems, like breakage or further decay
At Aesthetic Dentistry of South Miami, we find that many patients are increasingly concerned about the possibility for mercury exposure from metal fillings. The material has been deemed as safe for use in fillings by the Food and Drug Administration, but we understand the concern. That’s why our team also provides filling replacement to prevent possible mercury exposure or future problems caused by silver fillings. Filling replacement performed by our expert team is a quick, simple procedure that can help patients enjoy better oral and overall health.
Procedure for Tooth Colored Fillings
The treatment for composite fillings is fairly simple, completed in a series of steps at Aesthetic Dentistry of South Miami.
- Preparing the tooth: This initial stage involves cleaning the tooth by removing decay and infection with special tools.
- Isolating the tooth: Because your tooth must be completely dry for the composite resin to successfully bond, your dentist will isolate the treatment area to ensure no moisture enters the tooth.
- Filling the tooth: After the tooth has been prepared, the cavity will be filled with the composite resin.
- Hardening the filling: Once the cavity has been filled, your dentist will hold a special light over it for several minutes until the material hardens.
- Shaping the filling: The final step of a cosmetic filling involves shaping it to make sure it allows you to have the perfect bite.
Composite Resin for Cosmetic Purposes
Patients who suffer from chipped, cracked, permanently stained, discolored or slightly gapped teeth may find composite fillings offer the solution they’ve been hoping for. It’s a quick, painless and effective way to make small cosmetic changes to help you reveal your very best smile. Composite bonding also offers a more affordable option compared to other offerings in cosmetic dentistry, like porcelain veneers.
Get In Touch With Us Today!
If you’d like to learn about replacing your silver fillings with white ones, or if you’re interested in the cosmetic applications of the treatment, don’t wait to get in touch with the team at Aesthetic Dentistry of South Miami. Contact us to book your appointment today!