Tooth-Colored Fillings

Jacksonville, FL

Over the years, dental fillings can become worn down and even fall out if not properly cared for. However, even with the best care, they still have a limited lifespan. Whether you’re replacing your fillings altogether or need your tooth restored for the first time, everyone should know about the possibilities tooth-colored fillings can provide. 

Instead of settling for gray reflections coming off of silver fillings, consider the beauty that composite resin can bring to the table. You can get started by calling our Jacksonville, FL office and scheduling an appointment with either Dr. Rose Johnson or Dr. Wayne Barker today!

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Made Of?

Instead of relying on metal alloys like tin, copper, mercury, nickel, or gold, tooth-colored fillings use a completely different blend of materials known as composite resin. This blend of plastic and glass is designed to not only restore teeth damaged by decay or trauma but seamlessly blend in with your remaining healthy tooth. Once placed, it will be almost impossible for others to notice you have fillings. This is quite a far cry from the silver sheen that amalgam fillings give off.

Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings Vs. Amalgam Fillings

Along with having a more appealing aesthetic overall, tooth-colored fillings are less likely to expand and contract over time. Amalgam fillings are made from metal, which means they would regularly expand when exposed to hot and cold stimuli, and then contract back to their original shape. This would only break apart the tooth over time, acting as a wedge.

Since composite resin does not respond to stimuli in this way, it doesn’t cause this issue in teeth. Furthermore, the composite resin is much easier to mold inside the tooth once placed, reducing the need for removing additional tooth structure during the restorative process.

How Tooth-Colored Fillings Enhance Your Smile

Tooth-colored fillings, unlike their metal counterparts, offer a unique advantage in aesthetic dental treatments. The materials used in these fillings can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth, providing a natural appearance that enhances your smile. This seamless integration is especially important for fillings in visible areas, such as front teeth, where a metallic filling could detract from your smile’s beauty. By choosing tooth-colored fillings, you can maintain the uniformity of your smile, ensuring that your dental work is not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing.

How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

After examining your teeth and removing any present decay, one of our dentists will begin preparing your tooth for filling placement. This typically includes applying an etchant material, which allows the resin to bond better with your tooth. Next, the tooth-colored filling material is placed directly onto the tooth and molded to fill the cavity. Finally, once the filling is shaped, we’ll use a special curing light to harden the material instantly.

Caring For Your Tooth-Colored Fillings

Keep in mind that tooth-colored fillings are blended prior to placement so that they match the same shade as your current tooth. However, it’s important that you don’t damage your fillings by chewing on inedible objects (i.e., pen caps, pencils, packages, etc.), as this can easily damage the material. Much like natural enamel, damaged resin is more susceptible to staining, so always use the proper tools for the job.

Additionally, daily at-home care is necessary for making tooth-colored fillings last. Brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting our family dentists for checkups and cleanings every six months will ensure your restoration lasts for many years.

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