Tooth - Colored Fillings
Even those of us with the best home care routines can get a cavity at some point. The good news is that tooth-colored fillings offer a solution that is both durable and aesthetically-pleasing for your smile. With tooth-colored composite resin fillings, you won’t have to worry about anyone noticing your dental work when you smile or talk.
How Cavities Develop
Most of us are aware that sugar is bad for our teeth. But it’s not just the sugar itself that causes tooth decay so much as it’s the reaction with sugar and the bacteria in your mouth that creates cavities.
After your meals, plaque builds up on your teeth. The bacteria that live in the plaque feed on sugar and produce acid. It is this acid that eats through tooth enamel and causes cavities that your dentist has to repair. When you don't sufficiently remove the plaque buildup from your teeth each day, the bacteria have the opportunity to cause tooth decay.
By brushing and flossing your teeth, you’re removing the plaque and bacteria that cause cavities from your teeth and preventing the decay process from starting. Regular visits to your dentist every six months for teeth cleanings help to remove plaque in hard-to-reach places that you may have missed at home.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
In the past, metal amalgam was the material of choice for dental fillings. There are some drawbacks to silver metal fillings, such as:
Metal reacts to temperature changes in your mouth that cause your filling to break down over time and allow bacteria back into your tooth.
Silver fillings don’t offer the aesthetics that most people want for their smile.
Your dentist has to remove more of your natural tooth structure to place a metal filling.
With tooth-colored fillings, your dentist can customize the material to match the tooth and blend flawlessly with your smile. Your fillings will never be noticeable!
Since your dentist bonds composite resin material directly to your tooth, it is very stable and durable. Because composite doesn’t react to temperature changes, you don’t have to worry about your filling pulling away from your tooth.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Tooth-Colored Fillings
We can also use composite resin material for a cosmetic procedure called dental bonding. This non-invasive procedure can repair small concerns like:
Fractured or chipped teeth
Tooth stains or discoloration
Oddly shaped teeth
Gaps or spaces between teeth
Dental bonding works well to eliminate many small cosmetic concerns, and it tends to be less expensive than other types of cosmetic dentistry.
Contact Bright Dental for More Information
If you would like to learn more about dental bonding or tooth-colored fillings for cavities, contact Bright Dental.