Tooth-colored fillings are natural looking fillings that actually blend in so well with natural tooth structure it is hard to tell the difference.Tooth colored restorations (fillings) are safe, functional and esthetic.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite of plastic resins and silica fillers. These substances mimic many of the qualities of natural tooth structure, such as wear-resistance and translucency.
How and why is a tooth filled?
Chipping and decay are two typical reasons why a tooth may need to be restored or 'filled'. The area is anesthetized using a numbing injection and Dr. Adams' unique technique when this procedure is delivered. The tooth is prepped which means the decay is removed making it ready for the restoration. Next, material is placed directly and securely bonded to the tooth structure. Composite resin fillings have always been favored by Dr. Adams because less tooth structure is removed when compared with amalgams. Maintaining the integrity of the tooth is less likely to weaken and crack over time which has been problematic for teeth filled with amalgams.
Now, here's the difference: In order to achieve a good structural bond with a traditional amalgam filling, it is often necessary to shape the tooth by making a series of mechanical “undercuts” that help hold the material in place. This means that some healthy tooth material must be removed, leaving less of the tooth's structure intact. In time, the structurally-weakened tooth can be prone to cracking.
What are the applications for tooth colored fillings?
Composite resins are mostly suited for small to moderate-sized restorations which tend to be the most common types of fillings. Depending on how much of the tooth needs restoration, the procedure may be completed in just one visit. If a large volume of tooth material must be replaced, a part may be fabricated outside the mouth and later bonded to the tooth.
One of the best ways to determine if tooth-colored fillings are right for you is to set up an appointment to discuss your goals and desires. We can explain the appropriate options and help you select the best way to proceed with treatment. Timothy C. Adams, DDS, D.ACSDD, LVIM is dedicated to achieving the healthiest and most beautiful smiles in the Indianapolis area.