Dental fillings restore strength to teeth that have become damaged due to decay and cavities. Although silver amalgam restorations are effective and have been used for decades, tooth-colored fillings offer several advantages. Dr. Craig Miller prefers to use tooth-colored fillings at his Livingston, New Jersey, dental practice because of their esthetics, strength, and ability to form a secure bond with the tooth. Contact our practice today to learn more about tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are just one of the ways we protect your oral and general health. Fillings are a conservative way to offset the effects of decay in its earliest stages. If we can use a material that doesn’t detract from your smile, that’s all the better.
Tooth-colored fillings are just one of the ways we protect your oral and general health. Fillings are a conservative way to offset the effects of decay in its earliest stages.
Why Choose a Tooth-colored Filling?
Many patients choose tooth-colored, or composite, fillings because of their many benefits:
- Metal-free: Composite fillings contain no mercury or other metals. Although silver amalgam fillings have been used for years and are proven to be safe, many patients feel more comfortable avoiding metal altogether.
- Natural-looking: Composite dental resin can be precisely matched to the shade of your enamel, making tooth-colored fillings an attractive way to restore teeth that have been treated for cavities.
- Long-lasting: Silver amalgam fillings can fail and require replacement sooner than composite fillings. Dental resin bonds more securely with the tooth’s structure, ensuring that with proper care, your restoration will last many years.
- Conservative: Tooth-colored fillings can be placed with less alteration to the surrounding tooth structure (less drilling) when compared to traditional restorations.
- Durable: Silver fillings respond to changes in temperature resulting from hot or cold beverages and foods. Over time, this can create microscopic cracks in the tooth, resulting in the need for dental crowns or more extensive treatment.
All types of fillings provide protection against further damage. Although we almost exclusively use composite fillings, we will evaluate multiple factors, like the location of the cavity, before making a recommendation. In some cases, patients choose to have their older amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a tooth-colored restoration.
The Procedure: What to Expect
Before a filling can be bonded in place, we will need to remove all decay and thoroughly clean the treatment site. The tooth will then be lightly etched with a special agent to enhance the bonding process. Although local anesthesia is used to ensure your comfort, we can offer sedation if you are especially nervous.
We will choose a shade of composite that most closely matches your smile. The dental composite will be applied in layers and gently molded. Next, a curing light will set the composite and we will trim and polish the hardened material.
Once your composite filling is complete, Dr. Miller will check your bite, making sure your teeth come together naturally. Once any alterations have been made and treatment is complete, your restoration will look like and can be cared for the same as your other teeth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
At The Miller Center, patient comfort and oral health come first. Tooth-colored fillings are just one of the ways we protect your oral and general health. Fillings are a conservative way to offset the effects of decay in its earliest stages, so it is extremely important to attend regular exams. During an appointment, we can check for signs of decay and discuss your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a visit to our practice.