Do you have tooth decay that affects the look and feel of your smile? Or, maybe you’ve had teeth filled before with amalgam fillings, which leaves you with noticeable metal in your mouth. At Walnut Hill Dental Associates, we use tooth colored fillings to restore our patients’ teeth back to their full health and appearance. These fillings protect your teeth, but the best part is that the results are seamless. Dr. Mitra Bolouri is experienced in placing tooth colored fillings to match the natural look of your smile. Keep reading to learn more about tooth colored fillings and their benefits.
Tooth colored fillings are made of a composite resin that can be shaded to match your specific smile. Dr. Bolouri uses this special mixture of plastics because it closely resembles your natural teeth and mimics the way that light reflects off of them. Once your tooth colored fillings are placed, the result is a strong and beautiful repair that protects your tooth for the future.
The biggest advantage that tooth colored fillings have to offer is their aesthetics. Amalgam (or silver) fillings are the exact opposite of the natural color of your smile, which makes them incredibly noticeable. Additionally, you will experience less sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures because you won’t have amalgam fillings that expand and contract based on heat, which causes discomfort.
You will also have less of your natural tooth structure removed to accommodate amalgam because tooth colored fillings form a direct bond with your dental structure. This helps create a strong repair that looks like your original smile.
During your initial visit, Dr. Bolouri will examine your dental structure to ensure that tooth colored fillings are the best restoration for your decay or damage. During the next appointment, Dr. Bolouri will remove the decayed area and isolate the tooth. After, she will place the composite resin in the affected area to fill and protect it. She will use a special lamp to heat and harden the fillings permanently. Lastly, he will adjust the height of your fillings to make your bite comfortable and polish the resin to ensure it seamlessly blends into your smile.
After receiving your tooth colored fillings, you may feel mild sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for the first few days. During this short period of sensitivity, avoid eating anything that is noticeably hard or sticky. Afterward, you can enjoy a healthy and protected tooth that is made to last for years to come. You can extend the lifespan of your fillings by: