You may envision dental fillings to have a polished and metallic appearance. However, modern dentistry offers a more aesthetically pleasing alternative – tooth-colored fillings.
In this article, we’ll discuss tooth-colored fillings, covering the process, varieties, and pricing, ensuring you’re well-equipped to make an informed choice for your oral care.
The procedure for tooth-colored fillings is a straightforward process:
Your dentist will begin by examining the affected tooth and taking X-rays to determine the extent of the decay.
Once the treatment area is identified, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to ensure you’re comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.
The damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed using specialized dental instruments.
The tooth is then prepared for the filling by cleaning and disinfecting the cavity thoroughly.
Tooth-colored, composite resin material is applied in layers and cured with a special light to harden it.
Shaping and Polishing:
Once the filling material sets, your dentist will refine and buff it to achieve a natural look and ensure bite comfort.
Several types of tooth-colored fillings are available, including:
These are the most common and are made of resin and fine glass particles. They are known for their durability and natural appearance.
These fillings are made in a dental laboratory and are known for their strength and stain resistance.
Glass Ionomer Fillings:
These fillings are often used for small restorations and contain glass particles and acrylic. They release fluoride, which can help prevent further decay.
The cost of tooth-colored fillings can vary depending on factors like the size of the filling, the location of the tooth, and your geographical location. Generally, composite fillings tend to be more expensive than traditional amalgam fillings. However, they offer the advantage of a natural appearance, which many patients find worthwhile.
Opting for tooth-colored fillings goes beyond just the visual appeal; it’s about safeguarding your dental well-being and considering composite fillings. Contact and schedule a dentist appointment at Edgartown Dental Group for a detailed discussion. We’ll evaluate your dental situation and offer a tailored approach to rejuvenate your smile.