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When someone mentions dental fillings, most people think of metal-colored ones. While previous generations selected them as their primary choice, there are other options available for modern-day dental patients. One of the most popular choices nowadays is tooth-colored fillings.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
This type of restoration matches the natural color of the tooth on which it’s placed so well that onlookers don’t even notice. Not only that, but multiple studies attest to their safety and durability. In addition to looking nicer and more natural than silver and gold fillings, tooth-colored fillings also do a better job of preserving the natural structure of the tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite of silica filler and plastic resins, substances that resemble many of the aspects of your tooth’s natural structure (like translucency and resistance to wear). Composite substances of this nature can also strengthen a tooth.
The Tooth Filling Procedure
Chipping, fracturing, dental trauma, and decay are among the many reasons why a tooth might become damaged and need a filling or restoration. The procedure is usually the same regardless of the material used. First, we use an injection to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Second, we remove any decay to prepare it for the filling. The next step is to insert the filling material into the tooth.
The procedure is essentially finished when the filling material has firmly adhered to the structure of the tooth. However, if we want a strong structural bond with an amalgam filling, then we will often need to shape the tooth by making a series of undercuts that will hold it in place. To do this, we will often need to take out some healthy material from the tooth. However, this will weaken the tooth’s structural integrity and make it more likely to crack in the future.
But composite fillings don’t require undercutting to form a strong bond with the underlying tooth. They bond directly to the tooth on which they’re placed and create a firm physical and mechanical union, which can result in a more effective and enduring tooth restoration.
Composite resins work best for teeth that need small to medium-sized restorations. The most common types of fillings fall into this category. These restorations can resist fracture and endure the pressures of chewing due to their durability. We are often able to complete the procedure in a single appointment, depending on how much restoration the tooth needs.
However, if the tooth needs a larger amount of material replaced, we can fabricate part of it outside of the mouth and bond it to the tooth later.
Regardless of the situation, you find yourself in, the best way to decide if tooth-colored restorations are the right choice for you is to come into our office for a consultation. Dr. Crumpton will perform an in-depth examination of your teeth and explain all of the possible options. We’ll work together with you to determine the best form of treatment for your specific needs.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at 817-678-7395.