Anyone can get a cavity. At Little Family Dentistry, in Bayonne, NJ, we use the most modern techniques in restorative dentistry to fix your decay without the unattractive metal fillings from the past. Tooth-colored fillings are more durable and made to look exactly like your natural teeth.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings, or composite resin, are used to treat cavities. It can also be used to repair a broken or cracked tooth, or rebuild teeth that have worn down over time. Tooth-colored fillings are used on front or side teeth. The doctor will carefully match the resin to the exact shade of your teeth where a more natural appearance is desired. Tooth-colored fillings are barely noticeable and more natural looking.
How Is the Procedure Done?
The doctor will begin by cleaning out the decay from the tooth. Next, the resin is mixed and directly placed in layers on the cavity. A special curing light is used after each layer is applied. Once this procedure is complete, the doctor will shape the filling to match the surrounding teeth. Finally, the doctor will polish the tooth to help it look more like your natural teeth.
What Are Some of the Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
The number one reason most people prefer this procedure is for the aesthetics. At Little Family Dentistry, our dentist is highly skilled in blending color shades to match the rest of your mouth correctly. The resin material used will adhere to the tooth, make it stronger, and help support the structure of the tooth, which prevents breakage.
What Are Some of the Disadvantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
After the procedure, your tooth may feel a bit sensitive. If a tooth-colored filling is used on a larger cavity, the resin could wear out sooner than a metal filling. Once the filling is in, you still need to brush and floss your teeth every day just as you would your natural teeth. We suggest you avoid hard and sticky foods to minimize breakage.
If you need an experienced dentist who does tooth-colored fillings, call us at Little Family Dentistry, in Bayonne, NJ by dialing (201) 273-9233.