Tooth-colored fillings invisibly repair and protect damaged teeth or replace unattractive metallic fillings with fillings that mimic the look, feel and function of natural teeth.
Composite resins or tooth-colored fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
There are many other advantages to tooth-colored fillings.
The composite material in tooth-colored fillings is easy for the dentist to work with. This means your dentist can use it in tighter, hard-to-reach places where amalgam simply would not be an option.
A well-placed composite resin filling can last up to 15 years or more as long as you take care of it. The material can crack or chip, but only under extreme pressure.
Though all fillings are more sensitive right after the procedure, tooth colored fillings are usually less so. After just a couple of weeks, this heightened sense of feeling should subside and you can resume normal eating and drinking habits.
In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth. This quality is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth; repairing chipped teeth and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.
Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people prefer fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.
To find out if tooth-colored fillings are best for you, first talk with Dr. Braverman. He will evaluate your smile and find the right treatment options to suit your unique needs.