Tooth Colored Fillings and their Advantages

Tooth Colored Fillings and their Advantages
Cavities or small areas of damage must be cleaned and restored to preserve the health of your smile and reduce the risk to adjacent teeth. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist may recommend tooth-colored fillings, which have several advantages over traditional amalgam, or silver, dental fillings.

In the past, fillings were made of an amalgam of metals, including tin, copper and liquid mercury. These fillings would protect the damaged teeth, but they were unsightly, and many patients were concerned about the potential health risks of the mercury. Tooth-colored fillings offer an excellent alternative.

Tooth-colored fillings are generally made of a composite resin material that can match surrounding teeth precisely. They are completely free of metal and are just as strong as metal fillings. Teeth are unlikely to suffer from post-treatment sensitivity, and the filling can even restore the strength of a damaged or decayed tooth by bonding chemically with it. A composite resin filling may take slightly longer to place, but it is hardened by the time you leave the dental office for a more convenient experience.

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, you may benefit from a tooth-colored dental filling. Contact our office today to learn more about your treatment options or to schedule a consultation with our expert in tooth colored fillings in Northridge.

What are the Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings?

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Some of the most common dental procedures performed by our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist are dental fillings. Dental fillings are used to fill in teeth that have minor cavities, are chipped, or are cracked. In the old days, dental filling were made of metal and were therefore very noticeable, especially when used to fill the front teeth. Today, our expert in dental fillings in Los Angeles uses tooth colored fillings because they offer many advantages over previous types.

Tooth colored fillings, as their name suggests, are made to match the exact color of a patient’s natural teeth. They are usually made of fiber glass or composite resin. These materials are also stronger and lighter than metals that were used in the past. Plus, they adhere to the tooth for a longer lasting solution.

In order to fill in a cavity, our dentist will first apply a small amount of anesthesia to the nerve so that the patient can remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Once the patient is relaxed, the cavity will be drilled out to remove the bacteria that are causing the tooth to decay, and the hole will be filled with the tooth colored resin.

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled or an old, unsightly metal filling that needs replacement, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.