Tooth colored fillings

Tooth colored fillings, often also called composite fillings, are used to help correct cavities in a person’s mouth.  They provide the patient with a more natural look than other, metal colored fillings, and can be used in either front or back teeth.  They also are made to withstand moderate pressure, meaning that they can handle the constant stress of chewing.

When you receive a filling, you will first be given local anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process.  Usually, a numbing agent is first put on the gum, and then a shot of anesthesia is given.  Next, the dentist will prepare your mouth using a rubber dam (to isolate the tooth), and possibly a bite block to keep the jaw propped open.  Third, the dentist will work to remove any decay in the tooth, cleaning it out.  Finally, the hole left in the tooth will be filled with the composite material, then sanded down to match the original tooth.

Even though tooth colored fillings are great to disguise any cavities you already have, it is best to try to avoid cavities from the start.  To do this, it is important to remember to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat a balanced diet, and visit the dentist regularly for checkups.

Our office does not use silver mercury filling material. We only use the strongest bonded tooth colored filling material which offers a more aesthetically pleasing results to restore front and back teeth. To learn more about tooth colored fillings, and find out if they are right for you, contact us today to make an appointment.