March 22, 2018
You want to address that cavity in your mouth, but don’t want a dark spot from metal fillings, right? No one wants to have a dark, noticeable hunk of metal in the back of their smile.
That’s why your cosmetic dentist in Sarasota works to restore your dental health and aesthetics with tooth colored fillings that blend seamlessly within your smile! Learn more about this dental restoration and how it can help your smile to feel better and boost your confidence!
Tooth Colored Fillings: A Natural Looking Way to Address Tooth Decay
Dentists have used metal (amalgam) fillings to fill cavities for years and years. Unfortunately, this material is highly noticeable amongst the rest of your smile. Plus, metal fillings require the removal of healthy tooth enamel to actually fit. And because amalgam reacts to heat and cold, it’s constantly shrinking and expanding. Within a few years, your filling could break or become damaged.
On the other hand, tooth colored fillings are made of biocompatible composite resin. This dental material is specifically used to create a bond with the body easily. This material is a combination of smooth plastic and glass, and it is far less sensitive to changes in temperature so that there won’t be any expanding and shrinking. And it’s a great cosmetic option!
You can benefit from tooth colored fillings by:
- Tooth colored fillings blend with your natural teeth.
- Composite resin requires less removal of your natural enamel.
- Tooth colored fillings dry within minutes after they’ve been placed.
- White fillings can be expected to last as long as metal fillings, if not longer.
The Simple Process of Getting Tooth Colored Fillings
To repair your tooth with tooth colored fillings, your dentist will first administer a local anesthesia to ease discomfort and sedation if you feel anxious about the procedure. Once you are completely comfortable, your dentist will remove any decay from the affected tooth, cleaning and preparing the area for your new filling!
The tooth’s surface is then slightly etched to help the composite resin bond securely with the tooth enamel. This creates a great bond between the tooth and your filling. Your dentist then sculpts the material to make sure it looks and fits with the teeth naturally. After the filling is ready, a quick application of a special UV light will solidify it in place, creating a stable filling for years to come.
Learn more about how composite resin can positively affect your life—especially when it comes to filling those pesky cavities!
About Our Office
Here at Parkway Ridge Dental, we want everyone to have a positive dental experience when they visit us—even if they are experiencing dental issues like tooth decay or painful cavities. We will make sure to personally address your dental concern with the best recommended services, working to achieve better oral health and aesthetics. Contact us today to schedule your next visit.