Tooth Colored Fillings

What is a tooth colored Filling?

A composite resin filling, also called a "tooth colored" or "white" filling is a plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. The material used to create this filling can be customized to match your natural tooth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color, shape or size of a tooth.

How is a composite filling placed?

First your dentist will remove any decay from the tooth and prepare the area, then the dentist will place the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. Once that  process is finished, the composite will be shaped to fit the tooth. Lastly, the dentist will polish the composite to prevent staining and early wear.

What are the advantages of composites?

Aesthetics are the primary advantage of composites. Composites allow dentists to  blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of your natural tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining natural tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes, air, further decay, etc. Composites look and feel like your natural tooth making them the most popular choice in modern dentistry.

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