By far the most popular options for dental fillings are white/composite fillings. These fillings match the natural color of your teeth, also known as the whitest white, so nobody but a dentist can tell that you have them. They are especially ideal for fillings in front teeth, or on any teeth that may be visible when smiling, talking or laughing. These tooth-colored fillings have left silver-colored fillings in their dust, thanks to their beauty and resilience.
Fillings, most often required after a cavity treatment, root canal, trauma or any other time a tooth has been chipped, damaged or worn down are a relatively fast and pain-free procedure. During a cavity treatment, your dentist uses local anesthetics to numb the tissue surrounding the tooth, then uses a drill or laser to remove the decay.
Once all decay has been removed, the tooth is cleaned, prepped and the filling is inserted. White/ceramic fillings are applied in layers, then cured with a light after each application. After the last layer, the filling is shaped to look and act just like your real teeth. The finishing touch? A gleaming polish to ensure the tooth is flawless.
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Tooth-colored fillings are wildly popular with patients because of their aesthetic appeal. However, they’re also the only filling that bonds chemically to the tooth, which adds an extra boost of support. They’re a versatile option, capable of functioning well for cavity treatments, broken teeth, a tooth worn down from grinding and in many other situations. Even better, tooth-colored fillings often require less removal of your natural tooth, which is always a bonus.
Keep in mind that sometimes a tooth-colored filling will require a little more time in the chair to ensure the best results. It’s part art and part skill to place a tooth-colored filling. Call Oak Hills Dentistry in Layton, Utah, today to find out more about your options for tooth-colored fillings.