Tooth-colored fillings – Newtown, PA
In the past, when you got a cavity, you had to get an amalgam filling, which is made of mercury, silver, tin, zinc and copper, to restore your tooth. Although amalgam is strong and durable, it leaves an unappealing silver mark on your tooth. Over the years, a better and more aesthetically pleasing method has become the staple for cavity treatment—tooth-colored fillings. At The Dentists of Newtown, we only use this modern technique to replace decayed tooth enamel and return your tooth to full health.
What are tooth-colored fillings made of?
Tooth-colored fillings are composed of composite resin, which is a compound of ceramic and plastic materials. Because it bonds directly to the chemical structure of the tooth, composite resin keeps the tooth strong and adheres securely to the tooth. Composite resin can also be adjusted in color to match natural teeth, making them barely visible. In addition, it can be shaped and manipulated to restore the full shape of the tooth even after decay.
What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings over amalgam fillings?
Although composite resin takes a little more time to place, it has many advantages over amalgam fillings, including the following:
- Composite resin is more flexible than amalgam, so our dentists place more conservative fillings that require less natural dental structure to be removed, which helps the repaired tooth last much longer.
- Composite resin can be closely matched to the shade of the natural tooth, which is much more aesthetically pleasing and less noticeable.
- Because composite resin has a strong chemical bond, tooth-colored fillings are very stable.
- Composite fillings mean less risk of the filling cracking or fracturing than with amalgam fillings.
- The surrounding tooth structure can appear gray with amalgam but maintains its natural tooth color with composite resin fillings.
How are tooth-colored fillings placed?
When you have tooth decay, your dentist in Newtown begins by using a local anesthetic to numb the area. The damaged tooth structure needs to be removed, which creates a hole in your tooth. Then, the composite resin filling is placed in the hole in layers, with each layer being hardened or cured by a special light. Your dentist then shapes the filling, taking away the excess material, and polishes the result. With this quick, painless procedure, your tooth’s strength, health, and function can be fully restored.
How can I make my tooth-colored fillings last?
Caring for your fillings is much like caring for your teeth. Consistent, regular upkeep will help you maintain your smile for years to come. Some of the minimum oral care habits you should develop to care for your teeth include the following:
- Brushing twice a day.
- Flossing once a day.
- Visiting the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
You can do so much more than these basics to make sure your fillings and your natural teeth last a lifetime, including:
- Drink more water, rather than sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, sports, drinks, and juice.
- Use a fluoride mouthwash daily.
- Avoid biting or chewing on hard substances, such as ice or popcorn kernels.
If you have a cavity and need it filled, we will expertly craft your filling to make sure your bite won’t skip a beat. With tooth-colored fillings, others will just see your beautiful, healthy smile. We look forward to helping you make sure you can keep on smiling for years to come. If you think you have a cavity and want tooth-colored fillings, contact us today!