Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings can now be fabricated with natural, tooth-colored materials such as resin or porcelain and are used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. Based on the treatment plan option selected, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite or porcelain filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are the most widely used today.
Porcelain and resin create fillings that are not only beautiful (and unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
Replace old fillings
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside after your tooth acclimates to the new restoration.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations:
In addition to the natural appearance, there are many additional advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin fillings are bonded to the teeth creating a tight seal to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost, resulting in an intact, stronger tooth.
The result is a beautiful, functional and healthy smile!
Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth Colored Restorations
Some patients wish to have their silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored restorations. Dr. Vanda Georgescu will be happy to discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure. This process usually requires 1-2 appointments.
The old filling is removed along with any additional decay. If using a resin filling, the material is carefully sculpted into the cavity after a bonding procedure and polished to a smooth finish. If using a porcelain material, an impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made, sent to the lab, and a second appointment is needed.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!