At Carlston Dental Group, tooth-colored fillings are designed to match the color of your teeth so they blend in seamlessly when you are smiling or speaking. The composite material is flexible and durable to withstand regular chewing forces. Many patients prefer this type of material because it requires less tooth removal to place the filling. This means that more of your natural tooth structure will be preserved. Only minor surface decay is removed during the procedure. This minimizes the nerve impact and the chance of developing an infection.
How Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Work?
When your tooth is cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged, your dentist recommends a filling to restore it to its original shape. Traditionally, metal alloy fillings would be used to do this. Now patients have the option of choosing tooth-colored fillings instead. These composite resin materials can be used to repair a tooth and change its color or reshape it! Your dentist will first numb the work area and ensure your mouth is protected during the procedure. Then, they will remove the decayed portion of your tooth using a unique tool called an ultrasonic handpiece. They will then thoroughly clean and dry the tooth to prepare it for adhesive bonding. A special light will help the composite material adhere to the tooth. Lastly, the dentist will finish by shaping the surface of the filling to match the shape of your natural tooth so it does not stand out when you smile. While tooth-colored fillings may take longer than traditional metal fillings, many patients prefer their discreet and natural appearance.
At-home care for a tooth-colored filling is simple. You should brush, and floss daily and visit our family dental practice for regular checkups and cleanings. Avoid chewing on pens or ice cubes, which can crack or chip a composite filling. Biting on hard foods, such as candy or hard fruits, can cause your filling to fracture. Other ways to protect your filling include maintaining a healthy diet and avoiding cavities by eliminating sugary foods and beverages.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
- They blend in with your teeth.
- They’re resistant to stains from coffee, wine, and tobacco.
- They can replace old metal fillings to provide a more attractive smile.
- They better protect your tooth’s root structure against bacteria that can cause cavities.
- There’s no risk of mercury poisoning with tooth-colored fillings.
- They’ll strengthen the remaining tooth structure to help prevent cracks or fractures in the future.
You may be a candidate for a tooth-colored filling if you have a cavity, a damaged tooth, or a deteriorated filling. Carlston Dental Group is located at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or by calling (310) 838-0844 for the best dental care suited to your specific needs.