Tooth-Colored Fillings in Aurora, CO
If you are like most people, at some time in your lifetime, you will probably develop a cavity that needs a filling.
The old gray metal fillings—called amalgams—dentists used to use 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, have continued to improve to the point that not only are they made of materials that can match the color of your tooth but they offer excellent durability and resistance to fracture as well.
Dr. John Chen of Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics offers tooth-colored fillings for patients who need to have a cavity treated. If you think you might have a cavity that needs a filling, give Dr. Chen a call!
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite fillings are made of a mixture of tiny glass or quartz particles in a resin medium. Because they match the color of your tooth, they blend right in with your enamel. If you talk or laugh—even with your mouth wide open—no one will be able to tell you have any fillings because they blend in so seamlessly.
Another advantage of tooth-colored fillings is their versatility. If you have a cavity toward the front of your mouth, which is more readily visible, getting it filled with composite means that nobody will ever have to know.
If you have a tooth that is chipped or broken, tooth-colored fillings can also be used to fix it. Again, the repair will blend in so well with the rest of your teeth, it will be unnoticeable.
There are other advantages to composite fillings as well. For instance, composite fillings have less of a tendency to expand and contract when they come into contact with hot or cold liquids. What this means for you is that there is less of a risk of fracture than with an amalgam filling.
In addition, filling preparation is easier and less invasive because in most cases, not as much of the tooth needs to be drilled before the filling is placed.
How to Care for Composite Fillings
There is no special care required for your tooth-colored filling. Just continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Make sure to see your dentist twice annually for regular examinations and cleanings.
Sometimes patients experience tooth sensitivity after the filling is placed. This is perfectly normal and will almost always resolve itself within a week or so. Meanwhile, just avoid anything that is causing the sensitivity. 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 tooth filled, contact Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics for more information on tooth-colored fillings. We look forward to seeing you!