Here’s What You Must Know About Tooth-Colored Filling

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For quite a long time, dentists have been fixing decayed teeth using silver-colored fillings or also known as amalgam. However, amalgam fillings do not match the natural tooth’s color. It also requires extensive removal of a large portion of the tooth to make enough space to hold the amalgam filling. Now, there are several tooth filling options one can choose. However, more people want tooth-colored filling over other tooth fillings available.

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a mixture of plastic resin and small glass particles. This tooth filling does not only help repair cavities, but it can also be used to change the color and shape of the tooth.

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How is the tooth filled with composite or tooth-colored filling?

There are certain reasons why a tooth should be filled or restored. Decayed and chipped teeth are some of the common reasons why tooth filling is necessary. The process for filling the tooth using tooth-colored or composite filling is simple. Before the procedure is performed, the dentist will select the shade that best matches the patient’s tooth color. After the tooth decay has been removed, the dentist will use a special curing light that helps hardens each layer of the filling material. The tooth filling is then shaped to fit the tooth and polished to ensure that it remains smooth and stain-resistant.

Why do people opt for tooth-colored fillings?

One of the distinct characteristics of a tooth-colored filling is that it matches with the tooth’s color that it is somehow impossible to distinguish if the tooth has been restored. Since these tooth fillings bond directly to the tooth’s enamel, they are usually strong and durable that it can last for five or even more years. With proper care and with the current advances in composite materials, it can hold up even longer.

How to keep and maintain the tooth-colored fillings healthy?

In keeping the tooth-colored fillings on their tip-top shape, it is vital to practice proper oral hygiene. Brush the teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Flossing the teeth should also be made a habit. Refrain from consuming snacks and sodas as it may promote the formation of bacteria and cavities. Never miss visiting the dentist on the appointed date for the dental exams and cleaning. Also, try to avoid smoking, coffee, tea, and other food or beverages that may contribute to the staining of the teeth.

Let us help you restore and regain your teeth’ function. Avail of our Tooth-Colored Fillings in Pembroke Pines, FL. Book an appointment with us at Castillo Dental Studio, our dental office is located at  17913 NW 7th St. Suite #103, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029.