This patient is receiving tooth colored fillings.Tooth-colored fillings offer a natural-looking, safe, and effective way of restoring a natural appearance to your teeth. Additionally, tooth-colored fillings are versatile and can be used on many surfaces. These fillings restore your smile and provide confidence during social events and in the public eye.

As part of the range of cosmetic dentistry services at Greenwood Dental, bonded tooth-colored fillings help you regain confidence in the appearance of your teeth. A consultation with our practice can help you find treatments you need to get your smile back.

About Tooth-Colored Fillings

Your dentist will use tooth-colored fillings to repair a dental cavity. When harmful bacteria collects and remains on the teeth, the bacteria produce damage and decay. Removing these areas not only makes your smile look better but provides improved oral health. When left untreated, decay can cause increased sensitivity, pain, and even tooth or bone infection.

With improvements in technology, tooth-colored fillings have gained a lot of popularity because they blend well with the rest of the teeth. The resin used is strong, durable, and aesthetic. Additionally, the procedure is convenient and painless.

First, your dentist gently removes damaged parts of the teeth. This procedure usually produces no pain, but your dentist may use a local anesthetic to reduce sensitivity. Next, your dentist applies a composite resin and shapes it to fit your natural bite. Thus, the procedure leaves you with an improved smile and laugh.

Fillings can help:

  • Cover cavities
  • Prevent germs from entering the tooth
  • Restore decayed teeth
  • Restore teeth that have chipped

During application, tooth-colored fillings begin to bond with the structure of the tooth. They quickly harden and you will have full use of your teeth within one day. The application does not require grooves, slots, or pins in the teeth, making the fillings convenient as well as effective.

Colored Fillings vs Amalgam Fillings

There are two different types of fillings: colored and amalgam. Colored tooth fillings are made of natural-looking composite resins. On the other hand, amalgam fillers are made of a mercury and metal alloy. This makes them more distracting than composite fillings.

Colored tooth fillings bond adhesively with the composite teeth filling, offering an easy dental restoration solution. Additionally, colored tooth fillings are not noticeable by other people, so they offer a less obtrusive alternative to amalgam fillings.

While composite colored fillings do not last as long as amalgam fillings, with proper care they can withstand wear and tear for over ten years. Your dentist will provide recommendations for aftercare once they have completed your filling procedure.  Such recommendations include:

  • Attending regular dental cleanings
  • Avoiding sugary food and drink, including candy and sodas
  • Avoiding tobacco products, especially cigarettes and chewing tobacco
  • Setting an oral health care routine, including regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use
  • Annual or bi-annual check-ups with your dentist

By practicing proper care, you can ensure that your fillings will last and provide you with long-term improvements to your smile and oral health. Additionally, most dental insurance plans will cover composite tooth-colored fillings and replacements, so you will be taken care of.

Contact Greenwood Dental Today

Please remember, it is advisable to make regular visits to the dentist after tooth-colored fillings application to ensure that they stay intact. Greenwood Dental provides you with services for tooth-colored fillings, routine oral care, and other cosmetic and restorative procedures. Those other procedures include:

  • A complete smile makeover
  • Dental crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental bonding

If you or your loved one is struggling with cavities or damaged teeth and finding it hard to smile or laugh due to low esteem caused by the condition of their teeth, call Greenwood Dental at 855.528.3961.