Tooth-Colored Fillings in Aurora, CO
Tooth decay is one of the most common issues dentists face on a daily basis. Even the most diligent brusher and flosser can be prone to developing cavities. In fact, most adults have at least one filling.
The old gray metal fillings—called amalgams—dentists used to use were effective but not very esthetic. The good news is that now they are a thing of the past. These unattractive dark-colored fillings have been replaced with tooth-colored fillings. Unlike amalgams, which were very noticeable on a white tooth, tooth-colored fillings are virtually undetectable.
Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite fillings, are now available to match the color of your tooth. In addition to their esthetic appeal, they also offer durability and resistance to fracture.
Give Dr. John Chen of Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics a call to learn more about tooth-colored fillings!
Tooth-Colored Fillings Offer Benefits
Unlike amalgam fillings, which were made of mercury and metal, composite fillings are made of a mixture of glass, plastic, and quartz particles. Dr. Chen will blend the composite material so it matches the color of the tooth it is restoring, making it virtually invisible. Now you can laugh and speak with animation because even with your mouth open wide, no one will see your fillings.
Another advantage of the composite material is its versatility. Decay in the front of your mouth can be taken care of and made to blend in seamlessly. Chips, cracks, and other small imperfections can be fixed as well.
One of the issues with amalgam fillings is their tendency to expand and contract with heat and cold. Composite fillings do not have the same propensity. What this means for you is that your tooth-colored filling is resistant to fracture.
In addition, tooth-colored fillings are a more conservative treatment because not as much of the tooth structure needs to be removed before the filling is placed. The composite material is applied to the tooth in layers, which makes it a highly durable restoration.
How to Care for Composite Fillings
You don't have to do anything special to take care of your tooth-colored filling. Brush twice a day and floss at least once. Stay current with checkups and cleanings twice a year.
Sensitivity after Getting a Composite Filling
Sometimes patients experience tooth sensitivity after the composite filling procedure. This is not uncommon and in almost all cases resolves on its own after a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can also try one of the desensitizing toothpastes on the market, available at most drug stores.
If you are still feeling the sensitivity after a couple of weeks, be sure to give us a call.
Learn More about Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you need a cavity filled or if you would like to talk about replacing your metal amalgam fillings, contact Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics . We look forward to seeing you!