What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
March 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings are the new standard in dentistry for repairing and refilling tooth enamel after a cavity treatment. They are more fillingsaesthetically appealing and provide optimal tooth protection. You can request this restorative treatment at the family dentistry office of Dr. Bruce Schechter in Milford, CT.

Filling Cavities
Cavities are tiny holes in the enamel that can grow into big problems for your smile if they aren’t closed. When they are detected, the treatment is relatively simple: clear out any decayed matter and then cover the surface so that bacteria can’t invade the tooth again. In the past, most people had their cavities filled with amalgam metal material, which has a dark, silver appearance, but now the preferred material is white-colored composite resin, glass ionomers, or porcelain ceramics.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Patients request tooth-colored fillings because when they’re applied, they blend in perfectly with the color of your natural tooth. No one has to know that you ever had a cavity problem. Your Milford dentist will color match the material to your teeth. The process of applying the material is painless—it is painted on in layers and hardened using a curing light. You’ll have the same natural look of pits and fissures on the top of the tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are also durable and will remain bonded to the tooth for many years.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Keep Your Smile Beautiful
When people who have amalgam fillings laugh or open their mouths wide to take a bite of food, those fillings can easily be spotted by others. If you care about how your smile looks, then you will want tooth-colored fillings. To avoid problems with a filling, avoid chewing hard candies and trying to open bottles with your teeth. See your dentist for regular checkups, including a follow-up after your cavity filling appointment.

Talk to Your Dentist About Cosmetic Fillings
If you are in need of a cavity filling, be sure to ask your dentist about tooth-colored fillings to preserve the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Call (203) 878-1787 to visit Dr. Schechter’s family dentistry in Milford, CT.