About Tooth-Colored Fillings
Older patients will surely remember amalgam fillings, but thankfully, we now have a much better way to repair small cavities and slightly damaged teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material, and it comes in several natural shades, enabling us to create a restoration that blends seamlessly into any smile. Plus, this material allows us to place much smaller and more conservative fillings, meaning we can better preserve a natural tooth’s strength and ensure it’s longevity.
What Are The Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
There are a number of benefits of tooth-colored fillings, including:
- Protection of your tooth after removing a cavity
- Discreet results as they match your natural teeth
- Quick and effective treatments
- Long-lasting when properly cared for
- Mercury free
Am I A Candidate For Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are safe and effective for the majority of patients making anyone who needs a tooth repaired or a small to medium-sized cavity filled a perfect candidate. Tooth-colored fillings are strong, aren’t made from heavy metals, and provide a natural look virtually indistinguishable from your other teeth. Whether you need a new filling or want to replace old traditional fillings, contact Hamlett & La Mastra, DDS, today to learn more about tooth-colored fillings and schedule a consultation.
What Can I Expect after Tooth-Colored Fillings?
You will be able to resume your normal day after your filling is complete, but you might have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for 1 – 3 days. You may use nonprescription pain medication to minimize discomfort or inflammation, but you should not have any major issues. If your filling seems too high or uneven, please call our office. Your tooth-colored filling can be kept clean by following a normal home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. During your annual exam, Dr. La Mastra will check your filling and decide if it needs to be replaced or repaired at any point.
Make Cavities Practically Disappear
Tooth-colored fillings are superior, both in appearance and durability, to traditional fillings made of a silver-mercury alloy. Silver-mercury fillings are wedged into place and can leak or come loose over time. Silver-mercury fillings also break-up the look of your smile and make you look aged.
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Why Patients Love Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings offer a non-invasive way to improve your smile without using silver-mercury. Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth, forming a protective seal, and require less removal of healthy tooth structure to secure in place. You deserve only the best, which is why our dentists offer tooth-colored restorations. If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth, or about replacing your old silver fillings, give us a call for an evaluation to see if tooth-colored fillings will give you the smile you've always wanted.
Repair or Replace with Tooth-Colored Fillings
The benefit of tooth-colored dental fillings is that we can also replace your old silver amalgam fillings safely and effectively. Dr. La Mastra and Dr. Hamlett can expertly remove your old filling and match your new resin composite for shade. This results in teeth that are restored optimally and are made to match the color and texture of your existing teeth. When you smile no one will even know that you have had dental fillings and the embarrassing dark spots in the back of your mouth from unattractive metal will be gone forever.
In the event you have had a cavity filled, tooth-colored fillings are also available to you. These modern tooth-like materials allow us to create natural-looking and feeling restorations quickly and conveniently. To make a durable dental filling, we first prepare the teeth then seal them for use. Through the use of special adhesives, we are able to restore your teeth back to the condition and function that originally existed.
Beautiful Restorative Dentistry
Experience the difference in dental experience, technology, and strength with dental fillings that can handle the flex properties of your teeth while you eat or drink cold or hot foods. The stiffer concepts of gold and metal are dated and do not represent the natural qualities of your teeth. Experience the advantages of appearance and functionality under the skilled hands of our doctors.
Tooth-Colored Fillings FAQ
How long does a tooth-colored filling typically last?
Most tooth-colored fillings will last between 7 – 10 years before they may need to be replaced unless they are damaged.
Are tooth-colored fillings safer than regular fillings?
Traditional fillings are made with an amalgam that contains silver and mercury, which is a heavy metal that may be hazardous to your health. Tooth-colored fillings are made with a composite resin and are generally considered safer than traditional fillings.
How long is the procedure to get a tooth-colored filling?
The length of time it takes to have a tooth-colored filling done will depend on the size of the cavity and its location. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to an hour to place a tooth-colored filling.
Will a tooth-colored filling match the color of my natural tooth?
Tooth-colored fillings come in several shades to seamlessly match the color of your natural tooth, allowing it to virtually disappear to be unnoticeable.