Did you know that about 99% of the population will be affected by tooth decay? Without professional treatment, decay will only worsen. This is because teeth cannot regenerate new tissue once damaged by trauma or disease. Fortunately, repairing the damage caused by decay is achieved by placing a filling, a routine dental restoration. Placing a filling is a minimally invasive procedure that is completed in one short office visit. For patients who prefer a discreet restoration, our family dentist offers tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Restore Teeth Discreetly
Before tooth-colored fillings were available, patients’ teeth were restored using amalgam. This compound was made of dark metals that were incredibly noticeable—especially if they were placed at the front of the mouth. Tooth-colored fillings are made of an entirely different material called composite resin. This material is a mixture of glass and plastic that can be tinted to match the shade of a natural tooth. Composite resin is undetectable to others, thus making it a very natural looking restoration.
Receiving a tooth-colored filling isn’t much different than receiving an amalgam filling. The process is quite similar, actually. First, the damaged area of the tooth is cleaned and prepared for the restoration. Then the composite resin is applied in layers to the tooth. The filling is hardened with a curing light before the dentist shapes and polishes the surface.
Benefits of Composite Resin Filings
Composite resin fillings offer additional benefits over dark, metal fillings. With any restoration, some removal of a tooth’s structure is necessary. However, less tooth preparation is required with composite resin because this compound bonds better to the structure of teeth. This allows our team to retain as much of the tooth as possible. A second benefit to white fillings is the fact that composite resin is biocompatible.
To schedule an appointment for a cleaning or checkup with our skilled team of family dentists, call our office at your convenience.