What are tooth colored fillings and why should I consider using them?
Tooth colored fillings are inert filling materials that are used to fill in cavities in the tooth after they have been treated for infection. In general, tooth colored fillings are made from composite resin materials that mimic the color and texture of natural teeth very closely making them the ideal material for restorations because they are less noticeable and more appealing than alternate types of filling material. At the Family Dental Group in New York, tooth colored fillings are the go to material for this procedure because not only are they aesthetically pleasing to the eye, they are also highly compatible with dental sealants, making them the ideal pair for filling procedures.
What advantages should I expect from the use of tooth colored fillings?
Tooth colored fillings are ideal to use when repairing cracks or chips in the patient’s front teeth because of their close resemblance to natural teeth composition, making them hardly noticeable. In addition to that, they are also highly biocompatible, allowing them to form chemical bonds successfully with the patient’s teeth, thus eliminating the need to incorporate additional dental structures to retain them. Tooth colored fillings do not require a few days to become dry. They harden instantly and are strong enough to restore much of the tooth’s original strength and structure after the procedure.
How are tooth colored fillings applied to the teeth?
If the purpose of the filling is to eliminate tooth decay or infection that has already set in, the affected tooth will be put under local anesthesia as the dentist drills into the enamel layer to gain access to the underlying dentin later to eliminate all traces of decay. Once that has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned and a primer will be used to open up the pores in the enamel and dentin, followed by a bonding agent. The filling material will be placed inside the tooth shortly after that, and the dentist will proceed to shaping the resulting restoration by impacting it into the cavity and making sure that the hole is completely filled. When the filling has hardened completely, the patient’s bite will be checked to assess whether it needs to be corrected at all.
How can I maintain tooth colored fillings?
The care and maintenance of tooth colored fillings require the same amount of effort that goes into caring for natural teeth. Brush, floss, and have regular dental check ups. Good oral hygiene will ensure that these tooth colored fillings last for a very long time and serve their purpose of restoring functionality to the patient’s mouth. If the filling develops cracks or get chipped over time, make sure to have the dentist check and repair this at the soonest possible time.