Tooth-colored fillings are restorations that are designed to be discreet and natural in appearance. They blend in seamlessly with the teeth and appear more natural than metal fillings, darker, and more easily visible to others. Tooth-colored fillings are composed of composite resins and plastic compounds that are cemented to the teeth.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
A tooth-colored or composite filling is utilized to renovate a tooth affected by tooth decay, fractures, cracks, and many more. These filling materials better imitate the look of your natural teeth, allowing the filling to merge effortlessly with the rest of your smile. Composite fillings are devoid of metal, making them an excellent choice for patients who want to avoid having metal in their smiles. The dental filling process is accomplished quickly in a single session, providing you with a beautiful smile.
Why Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Needed?
A thorough exam and X-rays will be done to determine your need for a dental filling. They will be used to fill a cavity or deep grooves in your teeth or replace the older metal fillings. If the cavities are not treated promptly, they can cause further problems and even tooth loss. Composite fillings are widely preferred for their durable and aesthetic qualities.
What Is the Process For Tooth-Colored Fillings?
The first step is to diagnose the extent of the decay. A local anesthetic is given to numb the affected area for your comfort. The decay is meticulously removed from the tooth, leaving an empty space. Next, the space is smeared with a special bonding agent, and then the composite resin material is filled in place with special tools. The dental filling is then smoothed out and then laser light is used to harden the filling material. Finally the filling is polished to give an even appearance.
What to Expect After the Filling Process?
The numbness caused by the local anesthesia will wear off within a couple of hours. For a few days, it’s best to avoid drinking hot or cold liquids and eating on the side of your mouth with the new filling. There will be some sensitivity to hot and cold foods after getting a tooth filled which will subside eventually. It would help if you continue to brush and floss every day and undertake regular dental exams and teeth cleanings at least once in six months.
To learn more about our tooth-colored dental fillings procedures, visit our office, Amin Tabatabaian DDS PLLC, at 5701 Northeast Bothell Way Suite 3, Kenmore WA, 98028. You can also reach Dentist Kenmore WA at (425) 486-9233 and schedule an appointment.