Tooth-colored fillings, which are made from durable plastics called composite resins, can substantially improve the beauty of your teeth. They are similar in color and texture to natural teeth, ultimately leaving them less noticeable and far more attractive. At Dental Health Associates, we use new and exciting techniques, fitting dental fillings that look and act natural, allowing for your usual, beautiful laugh and smile.
There are a few different types of tooth colored fillings which include composite, composite inlays, and porcelain inlays and onlays. A composite filling usually only requires on visit and tries to keep most of the remaining healthy tooth intact. Inlays and onlays, however, are used to restore teeth that are badly damaged by decay or wear.
During the procedure, the decay is removed and the area is cleaned. The tooth must then be kept free of saliva as we apply an adhesive and then layers of the composite material. Once the cavity is filled, we use a special light to harden the material into place. This procedure takes a little longer than amalgam, or metal, restorations because the technique has more steps to do them well. In the end you’re left with a sparkling white smile, just like you came in with.
Here are just a few advantages that tooth-colored fillings can offer you:
- No more unsightly metal fillings
- Bonded to teeth by resin or porcelain
- They create a stronger, more natural looking effect
- Provide a bright, healthy, & strong smile