Enjoy a More Natural Looking Smile with Tooth-Colored Fillings
The most popular method for treating cavities in the past was with metal dark-colored fillings made of a compound called amalgam. While this compound certainly prevented further damage to teeth from decay, amalgam fillings produced an unnatural looking result. Many patients with amalgam fillings feel embarrassed by the dark appearance of metal restorations and instead choose tooth-colored fillings provided by our family dentist.
Tooth-colored filings seamlessly blend with the color and luster of natural teeth. In fact, the compound that makes up tooth-colored fillings reflects light in the same way that teeth do to produce a flawless smile and unnoticeable dental work. Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin—a compound that contains a mixture of durable plastics and glass. Composite resin is tinted to precisely match the shade of your natural tooth, as well. Although these restorations are aesthetically pleasing, they are also durable and biocompatible.
Composite resin fillings require less tooth removal and preparation than amalgam fillings because the compound of tooth-colored fillings chemically bonds to the tooth better than amalgam restorations. Because composite resin bonds to teeth with minimal preparation, these types of fillings are often considered more conservative than amalgam fillings.
After the tooth is prepared for the filling, our family dentist will apply the tooth-colored compound in liquid form, almost like paint. Then, with a special dental light, the liquid composite resin will be cured and hardened to form the tooth’s permanent restoration.
In most cases, composite resin fillings are suitable for treating most cavities and our family dentist places tooth-colored fillings for patients of all ages.
If you are in need of a filling or restorative dental work, contact the office of Dr. Kimberly Capua to reserve an appointment.