Tooth-Colored Fillings – Williamstown, NJ
A Natural-Looking Solution for Cavities
When a dental cavity is found in your mouth, the damage will need to be repaired so that you can continue using your tooth to speak and chew comfortably. While dental fillings have traditionally been made from metal amalgam, Dr. Kassem can offer an alternative that can be made to seamlessly match the rest of your teeth. If you’re suffering from dental decay and are worried about how your smile will look after treatment, schedule an appointment at iSmile Dental Arts today to ask about tooth-colored fillings.
What are Fillings?
A filling is a common procedure normally performed to restore a decayed tooth’s normal function and shape. During the procedure, the decay is removed and the tooth is cleaned before the filling material is placed. By sealing off the inside of the tooth this way, not only do we strengthen it, but we also prevent bacteria from entering and causing further decay.
What Kind of Material is Used for a Tooth-Colored Filling?
There are actually many different materials that can be used in a filling, including gold, porcelain, and an amalgam of several metals such as silver, mercury, copper, tin, and zinc. A tooth-colored filling, however, uses composite resin. This material is made of substances that mimic many of the qualities of your natural teeth, such as translucency; it can also be shaded so that it blends in with your smile. Composite resin is very versatile; in addition to filling material, it can also be used to seal chips and cracks as well as repair worn down teeth.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Aesthetics: Since composite resin’s shade and overall color can be made to match existing teeth, it’s particularly useful for visible teeth, such as those in front.
- Fewer Alterations: Some changes to the tooth might need to be made in order to make room for the filling. In general, tooth-colored fillings require less drilling and removal of the enamel.
- Strengthening Teeth: The composite resin bonds with the tooth itself, providing additional strength and support.
- Less Sensitivity: Composite resin helps insulate the tooth against hot and cold temperatures, so your teeth might not be as sensitive as they would be with a metal filling.
- Replace Older Fillings: Do you already have an older amalgam filling? When it’s time to replace it, you can enjoy the advantages of a new composite resin filling instead.
Taking Care of Your Filling
If you want your tooth-colored filling to last as long as possible, don’t forget to:
- Practice excellent oral hygiene by brushing, rinsing, and flossing every day.
- Avoid colored foods and drinks (such as blueberries and coffee) that could cause a stain.
- Wear a mouthguard to protect your filling and the rest of your teeth from grinding and clenching at night.
- Avoid chewing ice, biting on nails, opening packages with your teeth, and other habits that could result in dental damage.
- Visit Dr. Kassem for a checkup two times a year to make sure that your filling is still in good shape.