Over time, there may be a noticeable change in the appearance of your teeth. For example, you may have noticed they are not quite as white as when you were a child. This is because your teeth go through quite a bit throughout a lifetime, from foods and drinks consumed daily, to potential dental complications or repairs, such as a filling. There’s no need to worry; however, as these fillings are made to be similar to a real tooth. Because of this, your smile will appear whole and without damage or repair.
What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?
A tooth colored filling is a form of dental repair used to mimic the appearance of a real tooth, while also restoring its structural integrity. For instance, if a cavity has formed, a dental filling may be placed in order to fill the crevice and build a tooth to its original state.
Are These A Better Option?
One may recommend a tooth colored filling as opposed to metal or gold alloy, as this will allow for the repair to be fully concealed among surrounding teeth. Fillings will potentially restore 85 to 90 percent of the tooth’s original structure. In the case that a dental filling becomes damaged, they are easily replaceable and will harden in seconds as opposed to days, unlike other bonding techniques.
How to Properly Care for a Filling
When caring for a dental filling, it is especially important to exercise proper dental care through at home dental cleaning, along with regular dental checkups. This will prevent food particles and bacteria from collecting along the surface of the repaired tooth and leading to potential damage. If damage occurs to a filling, they are easily repaired and the composite filling will harden within seconds.
ABOUT YOUR TUCSON, AZ, DENTIST:
Dirk A. Newman, DDS, offers a full range of modern dental care services, including general dentistry, smile enhancement, smile restoration, and implant dentistry. To learn more, contact us today to schedule a visit by calling our office at 520-296-5439. Located in Tucson, AZ, we proudly serve patients from Tucson and all surrounding communities.