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The Natural Beauty of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Posted by ROTA DENTAL on Sep 1 2022, 03:48 AM

Dental fillings are offered to restore decayed, broken, or cracked teeth. Dental fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including stainless steel, gold, silver amalgam, and tooth-colored composite resin.

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that blend in with your natural teeth. This makes composite fillings a great option for patients looking to restore their smile while maintaining a natural look. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your natural teeth for an aesthetic result. Composite fillings can be placed in just one dental appointment.

Tooth-colored fillings are one of the most common dental restorative materials used to repair decayed or fractured teeth. They can also be used cosmetically to change the size, shape, or color of a tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material, which means that they can be shaded to closely match the color of any natural tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are “bonded” to the tooth using an adhesive. Unlike other types of dental fillings, tooth-colored fillings do not contain any metals. Metal fillings expand and contract as heat is applied to the mouth, which can cause them to loosen or fall out.

Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings 

Tooth-colored fillings are a perfect cosmetic solution when a tooth has a large cavity or has been damaged by decay. These fillings look and function just like your natural teeth, making them a great solution for many patients. The major benefits of tooth-colored fillings are the following:

  • These fillings are also beneficial because they don’t require any removal of natural tooth structure. Traditional metal fillings require the dentist to remove some tooth structure to make room for the filling.
  • Tooth-colored fillings also offer patients a lasting solution. These fillings have the ability to last 8-12 years, whereas metal fillings last 5-7.
  • Composite fillings do not contain metal, so they are less sensitive to temperature changes. This means that they will not expand and contract when exposed to hot or cold foods.

How Are Composite Fillings Placed?

Composite fillings are most often placed in one dental appointment. Before the dentist can place the composite filling, the affected tooth (or teeth) will be numbed. Then, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Once the tooth is clean, the dentist will prepare the tooth for the filling by shaping it. Then, the dentist will apply the composite filling material – a putty-like substance that comes in a tooth-colored shade. The dentist will shape the composite material to match the affected tooth, then harden it with a curing light. Once hardened, the dentist will smooth and polish the composite material, creating a natural-looking restoration.

To learn more about composite dental fillings, you can reach us at Rota Advanced Dental Care, 6210 Woodmen Park View, Colorado Springs, CO 80923. Call Dentist in Colorado Springs, CO, at (719) 598-1224 to book an appointment.

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