Coolbreeze Dentistry

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Most adults will have to have at least one filling in their lifetime. In fact, dental cavities are the second most common disease all over the world!

In the past, the only option was an unattractive metal filling known as amalgam. Because of their dark gray color, amalgam fillings were quite visible against your white tooth. The good news is that today’s composite fillings are tooth-colored.

They not only provide a more esthetic way to fill cavities because they blend in with your natural tooth color, but they are also strong and effective.

Early signs of cavities can include brown spots on teeth or sudden sensitivity to sweets or colds. If you suspect you might have a cavity that needs filling, don’t put off a trip to the dentist. Call Cool Breeze Dentistry today!

The Steps Involved for Filling a Tooth

When you go in for your appointment, Dr. Satvinder Kainth will first numb the area to be treated. Then the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed. Once the area is clear and the tooth is ready for the filling, the composite material will be placed in the area.

After the filling is in, it will be polished and finished. Dr. Kainth will continue to make adjustments to the filling until biting down on it is comfortable.

You can feel confident with your new filling. Composite fillings bond to the tooth structure, meaning they are strong and secure.

The Advantages of Composite, Tooth-Colored Fillings

Because today’s composite fillings can be made to match the color of your natural teeth, they are particularly useful for filling cavities at the front of your mouth. The material can also be used for repairing cracks and chips in teeth.

In addition to the obvious esthetic reasons, there are other benefits to composite fillings. They can be placed with less of the natural tooth needing to be prepared, meaning patients enjoy a quicker procedure—and less time in the dental chair.

The composite material is less likely to expand and contract due to hot or cold foods and beverages, so fracture is less likely.

Caring for Your Teeth After Getting a Composite Filling

Beyond regular brushing and flossing, there is no special care needed to take care of a composite filling. Just continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including visiting your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.

Some patients report feeling some tooth sensitivity right after they get their feeling, but this is fairly typical. In almost all cases, the sensitivity goes away. If it is particularly bothersome, an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste can be helpful. If it remains after a few weeks, be sure to call Dr. Kainth and let him know.