Fillings are amazing dental restorations that help to restore teeth that are cracked, decayed, chipped, or severely discolored. Different types of material are used as fillings, namely, gold, silver, amalgam, ceramic, composite resin, etc. Not all of them offer a tooth-colored appearance to help with the aesthetics of the smile. But, composite resin and ceramic can be customized to match the exact color of your teeth, allowing them to stay in disguise.
What are the advantages of getting tooth-colored fillings?
- Tooth-colored fillings can be made in such a way that they perfectly mimic the color, texture, and translucency of your teeth. When applied on the cavity, anyone who looks at you smiling or talking wouldn’t be able to distinguish the filling from the natural enamel.
- Their bonding capacity is just excellent. The dentist etches the tooth and applies the filling, which perfectly adheres to the tooth surface.
- The material used as a filling is most often photosensitive. Meaning, it can be hardened in a matter of a few seconds using a curing light as opposed to other filling material that can take several hours to harden.
- Tooth-colored fillings are known to strengthen the structure of the tooth. A cavity can make the tooth weak and leave it susceptible to crumbling. However, restoring it using a filling can bring back its strength to about 80% to 90% of its original strength.
- Tooth-colored fillings help restore both the anterior and posterior teeth. Even if the cavity is at the back of a frontal tooth (incisor), it can be filled without compromising on the aesthetics.
- They do not expand or contract too much when you consume anything too hot or cold. Their rate of expansion is quite similar to that of the natural enamel.
How is a filling placed?
Getting a filling to restore your decayed tooth is one of the simplest dental treatment procedures. Initially, the dentist will diagnose your tooth and determine if it requires a filling or not. He will then clean the tooth thoroughly and remove the decay from the cavity using a scaling device. The dentist prepares the filling material by matching it with the color of your tooth. It will be placed in the cavity and molded according to the contour required. A curing light will be used to harden it, after which it may be trimmed to give you the perfect bite.
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