Tooth Colored FillingsIf a tooth has a cavity or a small chip, your family cosmetic dentist may elect to use a composite material, a tooth-colored filling) to restore the tooth to its full form and function.  A composite (also known as a resin restoration) filling is made of a special type of liquid, glass, and a light-sensitive compound.  When a composite is first applied to the tooth, it comes out soft and pliable.  Once exposed to a high-intensity UV light, the material hardens to a highly durable plastic like material.

Once the tooth is properly isolated and after the tooth’s cavity is removed and/or properly prepped, tooth-colored fillings are bonded with a special soothing adhesive to the tooth.  Because these tooth-colored fillings directly adhere to the tooth’s enamel and dentin, often times less tooth needs to be removed and worked on (compared to the older amalgam/silver fillings).  Composites can also be bonded directly on top of one another if needed for repair, which means less tooth removal and more conservative dentistry.

Composite resins come in different shades (colors) that can very closely aesthetically match that of your teeth.  The result is these fillings can look and feel very natural; sometimes you can’t even tell your tooth has been filled!

Recent advances in cosmetic dentistry technology has even enabled incorporating a material containing fluoride together with the composite, which further enhances the restoration’s ability to fight decay and cavities on a preventive level.

Your dentist can discuss with you the type of filling that is best in your situation.

If you have any questions about tooth colored fillings, contact us at (425) 614-1600 today!

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