Tooth Colored Fillings
Teeth that have been damaged by cavities, cracks, or old and worn down fillings often need to be treated with new restorations. Our office uses high-quality dental composite fillings to repair teeth with cavities. Dental composites are tooth-colored filling material that allows us to closely match the color of your natural teeth. These tooth-colored fillings are actually bonded to your natural teeth.
How Tooth-Colored Fillings Work
An adhesive is applied to the tooth, and a light is used to activate the adhesive so that it bonds to your tooth. The tooth colored filling material is then placed in the tooth, and the light is again used to harden the filling. These tooth colored dental fillings can be used on both front teeth as well as back teeth. They can be used to fill one, two, three, and sometimes even four surfaces of your tooth. Our dentist will select a color of filling material to closely match the color of your natural teeth. Not everyone’s teeth are the same color, so our dental office keeps several different colors of composite material on hand so that we can customize the color of your tooth-colored filling to match your teeth specifically.
How to Take Care of Tooth-Colored Fillings
How long these tooth-colored composite fillings will last depends on several factors. Our dentist will take care to ensure that the composite bonding fillings are placed properly, but the size of the filling, and how well you take care of the fillings by brushing and flossing around them will determine how long it will last. Additionally, things like coffee and tea can stain composite fillings, so they can accumulate stain over time.