What are Tooth Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made up of a combination of glass and plastic. This material, also known as composite resin, is a putty-like compound that can be shaded in order to perfectly blend in with your smile. Composite resin is also biocompatible, meaning it can be placed inside your tooth without worry of the body rejecting it.
What are the Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings?
If you currently have silver fillings, then you’re probably aware of the grey sheen they can give off inside your mouth. To many, this makes their smile look less attractive, but it’s not the only concern they should have. Metal fillings are designed to act as a wedge inside teeth to stay in place, therefore breaking them apart more and more over time. This can result in permanent damage of the tooth and even require an extraction.
In contrast, the composite resin inside tooth-colored fillings is more malleable than metal. That means it’s able to redistribute force more effectively as you bite and chew. Instead of acting as a wedge, composite resin simply fills the cavity. Once hardened using a special curing light, you can chew the foods you want without worry of bacteria reaching the vulnerable inner portions.
Finally, tooth-colored fillings allow for greater preservation of the overall tooth structure. Silver fillings are created using dental impressions, meaning if the filling doesn’t fit, small portions of teeth need to be buffed down so it has room for placement. Since impressions are not necessary for composite resin, Dr. Sadeghi can effectively seal the cavity without needing to remove any tooth structure in the process.
Do Tooth Colored Fillings Require Special Care?
Tooth-colored fillings require no special maintenance to keep clean. Just make sure to brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste. Additionally, floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food debris from the sides of teeth.
Dr. Sadeghi may ask you what products you use in order to confirm that you’re not harming your teeth or gums. In some cases, patients may need to switch to a waxed floss, which helps reduce the likelihood of snags and tears.
If you’re ready to swap your current fillings for a healthier and more attractive alternative, contact our dentist in East Dallas today!