Tooth-colored fillings are also known as composite resin fillings or composite restorations. At J. Whitley Wills, DDS, they are made from a composite resin material that can be matched to the color of your teeth. This material is bonded to the teeth to restore their function and appearance.
Composite resin is a durable plastic material that bonds to your tooth enamel. It is a mixture of plastic and glass particles. The dentist will first remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth and then apply the composite material in layers. Each layer is hardened with a curing light before the next layer is applied. Once the final layer of the filling is cured, the dentist will polish it to match the rest of the tooth.
The Uses of Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Tooth-colored fillings in Memphis, TN, are commonly used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. They provide a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution for restoring the tooth's structure and preventing further decay.
- Many patients opt for tooth-colored fillings to replace old, unsightly amalgam fillings. This not only improves the appearance of their smiles but also ensures that their teeth remain healthy and robust.
- Composite fillings can be used to repair minor chips or cracks in teeth. The resin material is bonded to the tooth, restoring its shape and preventing further damage.
- Tooth-colored fillings can close small gaps or spaces between teeth, providing a non-invasive and cosmetic alternative to orthodontic treatments.
- Dentists can use composite resin to alter the shape or size of a tooth, improving its appearance and creating a more harmonious smile.
- Sometimes, tooth-colored fillings can be a more conservative alternative to traditional porcelain veneers. They can improve the appearance of teeth with minor imperfections without removing as much enamel.
The Procedure for Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite fillings can be used to repair chipped or broken teeth. They are a good option for patients who want to avoid metal restorations.
The process of getting a filling usually takes about an hour to complete. First, our dentist in Memphis, TN, will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, they will remove any decay from the tooth and clean the area thoroughly. Next, they will apply the composite material to the cavity and shape it to match the natural contours of the tooth. Finally, they will use a special light to harden the material.
Once the filling is in place, our dentist may ask you to bite down on a cotton ball or gauze pad to check the fit of the filling. If necessary, they may trim away any excess material. Once you are satisfied with the fit, the dentist will polish the filling to make it smooth and shiny.
Tooth-colored fillings offer not only functional benefits but also aesthetic advantages. Visit J. Whitley Wills, DDS, at 59 S Idlewild St., Memphis, TN 38104, or call (901) 726-9525 to determine if tooth-colored fillings are suitable for your specific needs.