What You Need to Know About Tooth Colored Fillings
posted: Sep 27, 2017.
Tooth colored fillings can repair your cavity and keep your smile looking as natural and beautiful as possible. But what should you know about tooth-colored fillings? Why would you choose them over other filling options? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Leslie Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC.
What is a tooth-colored filling?
A tooth colored filling is a dental filling which maintains the same natural color as your tooth. In the past, fillings were made up of other, less natural-looking materials which were darker in color. Tooth-colored fillings restore almost all of the strength the tooth had before it was damaged. Dentists can use tooth-colored fillings on both the front and back teeth without sacrificing the aesthetics of your smile.
What can I expect from a procedure for tooth-colored fillings?
Dentists most often use tooth-colored fillings to repair a tooth after it has been damaged by decay or trauma. A filling procedure removes the decayed portion of the tooth, ensuring no decay is left behind. Then, dentists fill the tooth with the tooth-colored composite material, restoring its structure. A specialized UV light directed at the filling materials hardens and sets it. Your dentist will then reshape the crown of the tooth to fit perfectly into your bite.
Tooth Colored Fillings in Washington, DC
Tooth colored fillings can benefit almost any patient requiring a dental filling or dental bonding procedure. Tooth colored fillings can often be used in conjunction with other procedures. These can include a simple filling for a small cavity or root canal requiring filling the entire tooth down to the bottom of its roots. In addition to filling decayed teeth, the materials which make up tooth-colored fillings can reshape a chipped or misshapen tooth.
For more information on tooth colored fillings, please contact Dr. Bonner at The Bonner Dental Network in Washington, DC. Call (202) 249-9131 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Bonner today!