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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Invisible Tooth Repair

Dental decay is one of the most common dental problems experienced all over the world today. The usual treatment for this is the placement of restorative fillings. These days, tooth-colored fillings are the preferred restorative choice for both the front teeth as well as the back teeth. The advanced tooth-colored fillings bond better to the structure of the tooth, and their strength is comparable to traditional silver amalgam and gold fillings. Thus, they are suitable for any tooth, including the molars, where the force of chewing exerts lots of stress on the filling material.

The Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings

Closeup of smile with filling

The main advantage of tooth-colored fillings is the esthetic finish of the restoration. The restorative material is available in many different shades to match the shade of the tooth to be restored, thereby providing a more natural-looking result, which is not possible when using materials like amalgam or gold.

When a material like amalgam has to be placed, a lot of the natural tooth structure has to be removed in order to keep the filling in place. This is because there is no bonding between amalgam and the tooth, and it is only held by a pocket created by your dentist.

With tooth-colored fillings, a direct bond between the tooth and the filling material occurs with the help of a bonding agent. This reduces the amount of tooth reduction that is needed, thus preserving the strength of the tooth being restored.

The improved strength of the tooth-colored fillings results in better resistance to fracture, especially in fillings that do not have much support from the tooth. So, tooth-colored fillings typically have a longer life in comparison materials like amalgam or gold.

How Tooth-Colored Fillings Are Placed

During your initial visit, we will examine your teeth and also take x-rays to evaluate the depth of the decay and determine if tooth-colored fillings are the appropriate treatment. In the following visit, the tooth will be prepared by getting rid of all the dental decay. Once the tooth preparation is completed, the tooth is isolated to avoid contamination from saliva. After this, the tooth-colored filling material is placed in the prepared area, shaped to match the tooth anatomy and then hardened with a curing light. This process is repeated in increments until the entire prepared structure is restored. After this the bite is checked and adjusted to make the filling more comfortable in the mouth. The restoration is then finished and polished using suitable polishing material.

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