At Friendly Dental Care, our team strives to provide comprehensive dental services that protect our patients’ oral health without sacrificing a natural-looking appearance. Tooth decay is surprisingly common in the United States. In fact, estimates indicate that nearly 99% of people in the U.S. will develop at least one cavity in their lifetime. Since teeth cannot self-repair, restorative dentistry is necessary to prevent further decay and protect teeth. For small portions of decayed areas, fillings are normally used to restore a tooth to its rightful shape and size. Fortunately, our team offers tooth-colored fillings that restore teeth without dark metals.
Discreet Restorations with Composite Resin
Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, a durable compound composed of biocompatible plastics and glass. In the past, the most common type of filling was made of amalgam and had a dark, unnatural appearance. Composite resin seamlessly blends in with the color of surrounding teeth so that a patient’s fillings are unnoticeable to others. Beyond the aesthetic value of a tooth-colored filling, research shows that teeth bond better to composite resin than they do to dark, metal fillings. This additional benefit allows our dentist to practice dentistry that is more conservative when it comes to restorations because white fillings require less tooth preparation and removal.
An Overview of the Filling Procedure
As with metal fillings, placing a composite resin filling is a minimally invasive procedure that is completed in just one office visit. The decayed portion of the tooth will be gently removed and the area will be cleaned. Our dentist will then apply a customized shade of composite resin in liquid form to the area requiring restoration. A special light will then cure and harden the resin to create a durable filling.
Once the process is complete, our patients leave the office with a discreet, long-lasting restoration. To learn more about tooth-colored fillings or to schedule an appointment for general or cosmetic dentistry, contact our team at Friendly Dental Care today.