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What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a type of dental restoration used to repair teeth affected by cavities or tooth decay. Unlike traditional silver amalgam fillings, which are conspicuous and contain mercury, tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material that closely matches the color of natural teeth. This makes them an ideal choice for patients seeking a discreet and aesthetically pleasing solution for cavity treatment.

Benefits of Composite Fillings:

  • Natural Appearance: One of the primary advantages of dental fillings is their ability to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, creating a more natural and uniform smile.
  • Preservation of Tooth Structure: Unlike amalgam fillings, which require the removal of healthy tooth structure for placement, tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth surface, preserving more of the natural tooth structure.
  • Durability: Fillings are highly durable and can withstand the forces of biting and chewing, providing long-lasting results.
  • Biocompatibility: Composite resin materials used in tooth-colored fillings are biocompatible and do not contain harmful substances like mercury, making them a safe and healthy option for tooth cavity treatment.
  • Versatility: Fillings can be used to treat cavities in both front and back teeth, offering versatility in addressing dental decay in various areas of the mouth.

How Do I Know If I Need a Filling?

Determining the need for a filling involves a thorough examination by a dental professional. Common signs that indicate the presence of a cavity include tooth sensitivity, pain when chewing, visible holes or pits in the teeth, and discoloration. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for early detection and prompt treatment of cavities.

The Cavity Filling Procedure:

The cavity-filling procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Assessment and Diagnosis: The dentist examines the affected tooth and determines the extent of decay using visual inspection and dental X-rays.
  2. Preparation of the Tooth: The decayed portion of the tooth is removed using specialized dental instruments, leaving behind a clean and healthy tooth structure.
  3. Placement of the Filling: The tooth-colored filling material is carefully applied to the prepared tooth surface and shaped to restore its natural contours.
  4. Curing: A special curing light is used to harden the filling material, ensuring a strong and durable bond with the tooth.
  5. Final Adjustments: The filling is polished and adjusted to ensure proper bite alignment and a smooth surface.

Can I Replace My Old Fillings?

If you have old silver amalgam fillings that are worn, cracked, or causing aesthetic or health concerns, you may consider replacing them with tooth-colored fillings. The process involves carefully removing and replacing the old filling with a composite resin filling that matches the color of your natural teeth. Not only does this enhance the appearance of your smile, but it also provides a safer and more biocompatible alternative to traditional silver fillings.  We take protective measures when removing amalgam fillings, which include the use of a rubber dam, high evacuation suction, air filtration, and other personal protective items.

How Long Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Last?

The lifespan of tooth fillings can vary depending on factors such as oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, and the location of the filling. On average, tooth-colored fillings can last anywhere from five to fifteen years with proper care and maintenance. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for monitoring the condition of fillings and addressing any issues promptly.

Ready to Restore Your Smile? Book Now!

Fillings offer a modern and aesthetically pleasing solution for cavity treatment. At Longpoint Dental in Franklin, TN, our experienced team is committed to providing personalized dental care using the latest techniques and materials. If you’re in need of tooth decay treatment or are interested in replacing old fillings, schedule a consultation with Dr. Anne Marie Ellis today. Your smile deserves the best care possible, and we’re here to help you achieve optimal oral health and confidence.