What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material that’s designed to match the color of your natural teeth. They’re used to fill cavities and repair damaged teeth, resulting in a seamless, natural-looking restoration.
How Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Work?
The process of getting tooth-colored fillings typically involves the following steps:
- Preparation: Your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth and remove any decay or damage.
- Application: Your dentist will apply the composite resin material to the cavity or damaged area, layer by layer, using a special curing light to harden each layer.
- Shaping and Polishing: Your dentist will shape and polish the filling to ensure a natural-looking and comfortable fit.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings offer numerous benefits, including:
- A natural-looking restoration that blends seamlessly with your natural teeth
- Preservation of more of your natural tooth structure compared to traditional silver or amalgam fillings
- Less sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures than with silver or amalgam fillings
- No risk of mercury exposure, as with silver or amalgam fillings
- Durable and long-lasting
Aftercare for Tooth-Colored Fillings
After getting tooth-colored fillings, it’s important to take proper care of them to ensure they last as long as possible. Here are some tips for aftercare:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
- Avoid eating or drinking anything that could stain the filling, such as coffee or red wine.
- Be cautious when eating hard or sticky foods, as they can damage the filling.
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
At Smiley Dental, we’re committed to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile with tooth-colored fillings. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.