Tooth-Colored Fillings in Durham, NC
A restoration, better known as a filling, is when diseased or damaged tooth structure is removed and replaced with a synthetic material. Many materials have been used over the years to fill teeth. Amalgams, or silver fillings, were once the material of choice, but as advancements have been made in technology, white or tooth-colored composite resin materials have become more common.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
The most obvious benefit of composite resins over the traditional silver amalgam restorations is that they look much better. Composite resins come in a multitude of shades and hues and can be made to match nearly any tooth.
Bonding to tooth structure is also an advantage of composite resins. Amalgams require undercuts to be made so the filling is mechanically locked into the tooth. In contrast, composite resins are bonded directly to the tooth structure and eliminate the need for a mechanical lock. This means that less natural tooth structure needs to be removed, thus allowing us to make our fillings as small and as conservative as possible.
Another advantage is versatility; since composites bond to tooth structure, they can be used to repair broken or chipped teeth in the front of the mouth. These restorations will blend seamlessly into the natural tooth structure for a natural look and finish!
Why Would a Tooth Need a Filling?
There are many cases where a filling would be used:
- Remove tooth decay
- Repair a chipped or broken tooth
- Close spaces between teeth
- Repair discolored teeth
- Restore a tooth following root canal therapy
Placing a Dental FIlling
Fillings are often completed in one appointment. Whether the filling is to remove decayed tooth structure or to repair a chip, the process is very similar.
First, we remove all decay, clean the tooth, and prepare it for the placement of the restoration. A bonding agent is applied that allows the restoration to seamlessly adhere to the tooth. The soft composite resin restorative material is placed, shaped, and finally cured to its final hardness. Our doctor then evaluates the tooth and makes any necessary adjustments to ensure your new restoration looks and functions naturally.
Caring for Your New Filling
The at-home oral care for composite fillings is no different than the care for a natural tooth. Since the tooth-colored composite filling is shaped to mimic your tooth and smile, flossing and brushing will be the same. The integrity of each filling will be evaluated at your checkups every six months with clinical evaluation and annual x-rays you have here at The Smile Shop.
If you think you need a tooth filled or would like to talk about the benefits of esthetic composite bonding, contact The Smile Shop and schedule a consultation. Our team is available to assist you and get you the treatment you need.