Dental fillings are used to restore the health and structure of decayed and damaged teeth. Cavities may cause holes or voids in your teeth, which need to be filled up. The purpose of a dental filling is to close spaces where saliva, food particles and bacteria can enter the inner surfaces of the tooth. At Zen Dental, we make use of tooth-colored fillings that are not only more aesthetically pleasing, but also healthier and stronger than their metal counterparts.
Also known as composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings are made using a mixture of quartz or glass filler in a resin medium. They are specially designed to withstand moderate chewing pressure and are highly durable and resistant to fractures.
Silver fillings have several disadvantages. Since metal is sensitive to temperature changes in the mouth, these fillings can wear down, break or leak, making the teeth prone to cavities again. They can also cause discolorations on the gums and teeth when they leak. On the other hand, tooth-colored fillings are bonded directly to the teeth to give a natural-looking, superior, tight fit that adds to the strength of the tooth and keeps it intact.
The process of treating your teeth with composite fillings begins with the removal of any existing fillings and/or decayed portions. Once the tooth is clean, a filling material that matches the natural color of your tooth is applied. The filling is hardened with the use of a special dental curing light, then shaped and polished to give a natural appearance to the tooth. We make sure that your bite is normal after the filling is placed, and then you’re ready to resume your normal activities as usual.
If your smile is being affected by dark-colored metal fillings or if you have one or more cavities that need treatment, you may be an ideal candidate for tooth-colored fillings. Please contact our office to schedule an appointment with our dental care experts.