Tooth Colored Fillings
An updated approach to the traditional treatment of dental decay.
The look of your smile affects your confidence and how often you share your smile with others. Before we begin any treatment, our team focuses on how we can help enhance the beauty and uniqueness of your smile, not take away from it. At our practice, we try to avoid metal and amalgam fillings to fix cavities. We use a special advanced composite made with only tooth colored materials that will blend perfectly with your natural teeth.
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We all have to eat food and unfortunately that food can build up on our teeth. As this food sits on our teeth, the natural bacteria in our mouth break down the food causing acid production. The acid that is produced causes the breakdown of enamel leading to tooth decay. Tooth decay is a common problem that many people share. Advances in dental materials and techniques have allowed dentists to be able to restore teeth with more natural-looking restorations. The longevity and durability of these new composites is excellent.
Amalgam and silver fillings are not aesthetically pleasing and draw unwanted attention to your teeth when you are talking and smiling. With tooth colored fillings, we keep the focus on your beautiful smile. Tooth colored fillings are completely safe and feel comfortable. Our tooth colored fillings are actually bonded to the tooth structure.
Amalgam restorations do not bond to the tooth structure so additional tooth structure is removed in order to created retention when placing an amalgam. This type of restoration causes unneeded healthy tooth structure to be removed and also increases the risk of cracks and fractures in the tooth. At our practice we believe in offering the best and most minimally invasive approach to restoring your teeth.
Before your treatment begins we can discuss options on the different materials and shades to be used to restore your tooth so it looks and feels great. In some cases, extensive tooth decay or repair of an existing filling may leave little tooth structure left once decay is removed. In that case, an onlay or crown may be recommended to completely cover and protect the remaining tooth.
Coming regularly to see your hygienist and dentist for exams and cleanings is the best way to catch a cavity before it becomes too extensive and needs a larger restoration.