Tooth-colored fillings are just like metal fillings; they restore a chipped or decaying tooth, but they are made with a material that will match the color of your teeth, offering you a more aesthetically pleasing alternative.
If you have a chipped or decayed tooth, it might be time for a filling. Our most popular option is tooth-colored fillings, because they look exactly how they sound: tooth-colored. It’s made with materials called composite resin, which is a blend of plastic resins and silica fillers. This composite resin will blend in with the rest of your tooth/teeth to keep your smile bright and white.
Aside from its aesthetic advantages, the blend of materials used for tooth-colored fillings is also better for your teeth compared to dental amalgams (metal fillings). The metal that is used for dental amalgams can corrode over time and damage the tooth as a result. With composite resin, you won’t have to worry about that. Tooth-colored fillings are wear-resistant and also stain-resistant.
The process is usually carried out in one visit. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area where the filling will occur, so your visit will be painless. Then your dentist will remove the decay from the tooth, preparing it for restoration. The final step is the actual filling, which your dentist will apply and bond to the tooth. And because it bonds directly to the enamel, you can expect your filling to be strong and wear-resistant, allowing you to return to your normal diet and routine.
Think you need a filling? Contact us at 615-257-0772 to schedule an appointment today with one of our dental professionals.