Tooth-Colored Fillings in Lauderhill, FL
Most adults will have a cavity that needs filling at some point in their life.
In the past, one of the most common ways to fill cavities, or dental caries, were amalgam fillings. Used for some 150 years, amalgam fillings were effective in preventing cavities from growing. However, with their dark gray color—a result of the combination of metals used to create these fillings—they were not terribly attractive.
In recent years, however, tooth-colored composite fillings have continued to improve to the point that not only are they made of materials that can match the color of your tooth but they offer excellent durability and resistance to fracture as well.
Dr. Robert Dolgow of Smile Brighteners offers tooth-colored fillings for patients who need to have their cavity filled. If you suspect you have a new cavity or you have an old amalgam filling that needs to be replaced, give us a call!
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, which are also called composite fillings, are made of a mixture of tiny glass or quartz particles in a resin medium. The obvious advantage to tooth-colored fillings, of course, is that they match the color of your tooth, so they are not visible to the naked eye. If you laugh or talk, no one will be able to tell you have any fillings if they are all tooth colored!
If you have a cavity toward the front of your mouth, getting it filled with composite will also ensure that it blends in with the rest of your teeth. They can also be used to fix teeth that are chipped or broken.
There are other advantages to composite fillings as well, including the following:
- Filling preparation is easier and less invasive because in most cases, not as much structure needs to be removed from the tooth before the filling is placed.
- Composite fillings have less of a tendency to expand and contract when they come into contact with hot or cold liquids, so there is less risk of fracture than with an amalgam filling.
Caring for Teeth after Fillings
There is no difference in dental care after you get a tooth-colored filling. Simply follow good oral hygiene practices such as brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day. Continue to see us twice each year for examinations and cleanings.
Right after the filling is placed, you might experience a bit of tooth sensitivity. Or you might find that the tooth feels a bit sensitive. This will almost always resolve itself if given a little bit of time. Meanwhile, avoid anything that is causing the sensitivity. You can also try to use desensitizing toothpaste. Of course, if the sensitivity doesn’t go away after a few weeks, be sure to give us a call.
Find Out More about Tooth-Colored Fillings
Whether you need a new filling or you would like your old metal fillings replaced, contact Smile Brighteners for more information. We look forward to seeing you!