For many years, dentists relied on a material known as silver amalgam, a mix of mercury and other metals, to fill cavities. While amalgam is quite strong, it has some notable downsides, including the fact that its dark color can interfere with a smile’s aesthetics. Today, most dentists have abandoned amalgam altogether and use tooth-colored fillings instead. This treatment is an ideal, aesthetically pleasing way to address most cases of mild to moderate tooth decay.
Tooth-colored fillings are composed of a biocompatible composite resin. The resin contains small bits of glass, plastic, and other materials that work well with the human body. We can shade-match it to blend in seamlessly with the color of a patient’s natural dentition. It looks so natural that we often use it to enhance the appearance of teeth via a procedure known as cosmetic dental bonding (also called direct bonding).
The process for placing a tooth-colored filling is relatively comfortable and quick. In fact, appointments for fillings usually take less than one hour. Here is a basic overview of how the process works:
You will be able to eat and drink immediately after your appointment. However, you may find it advantageous to avoid hot, cold, and sticky foods for a few days because these may cause some mild discomfort.
Some signs that you may need a tooth-colored filling include:
The natural appearance of tooth-colored fillings is one of their most outstanding benefits. However, they offer some additional advantages as well, including:
Would you like to learn more about our restorative services, including tooth-colored fillings? Contact Northborough Dental Associates today!