Tooth-colored fillings are a discrete alternative to other types of dental fillings. They are a durable option for restoring teeth affected by decay, while also blending in with the natural teeth. Since they readily blend in, others will not even notice you have fillings. Dr. Jeffrey Burns, the experienced dentist at our office in Vernon, can use tooth-colored fillings to strengthen and restore your teeth discreetly.
What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are also referred to as white fillings and are a type of dental filling for strengthening and restoring teeth affected by cavities. The filling material is composed of a composite mixture of resin and either glass or quartz filler. Tooth-colored fillings are just as effective as other types of dental fillings for restoring decayed teeth, but they do have several advantages.
In addition to being completely discreet, another advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that the composite material bonds with the natural tooth as it dries. This is not the case with metal fillings, such as silver amalgam. The advantage of bonding is that less drilling and fewer undercuts are needed to help the tooth-colored filling material stay securely in place. Less drilling means more of the healthy tooth structure can be preserved.
Tooth-colored fillings can be used to treat new cavities in teeth, but they can also be used to replace older dental fillings that have become worn. The skilled dentist at our office in Vernon can determine if tooth-colored fillings are an option for you.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
There are numerous benefits to restoring damaged or decayed teeth with tooth-colored fillings. Some of these benefits are also true of other dental fillings, such as effectively strengthening teeth. However, many of these benefits are unique to the white composite fillings. The benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Completely discreet
- Less drilling is required
- Strengthen and restore teeth affected by decay
- Preservation of a greater amount of healthy tooth structure
- Restoration of normal biting and chewing functions in damaged teeth
- Stop infection and decay from spreading to other teeth
- No risk of exposure to potentially harmful metals
There are many reasons why you should choose tooth-colored fillings. Not only do they strengthen and restore teeth, but they are also extremely discreet. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns to discuss the possibility of restoring your teeth with tooth-colored fillings by calling our office in Vernon at (860) 870-4410.