Tooth Coloured Fillings

What are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings or composite fillings are made with resin. Due to their natural appearance on the tooth, impeccable bonding, and versatility, they are one of the most in-demand types of fillings for cavities today.

They are usually used to fill in cavities, repair chipped teeth or close gaps between the teeth. Tooth-colored fillings do not have the dark, easily noticeable appearance of amalgam fillings, instead, they blend perfectly with the tooth and are otherwise undetectable.

Composite tooth-colored fillings have great durability and fracture resistance. They can also withstand pressure from the constant stress of chewing. 

What is the Procedure?

The substance used in tooth-colored fillings is synthetic resin made of a resin-based compound and a synthetic silica filler. Compositions of the materials, however, vary significantly from manufacturer to manufacturer.

In the procedure, your gums and teeth may be anesthetized for accessibility and moisture control. Once numb, a dental drill will be used to remove the decayed part of the tooth. The drilling process is relatively less invasive as compared to amalgam fillings, and the whole process can be completed in a single sitting. 

After that, the composite resin will be molded to the tooth in layers and a hand-held, blue light will be used to cure it and to accelerate the drying process. This step of the procedure lasts less than a minute. Before the procedure is complete, your new composite, tooth-colored filling will be shaped and polished, for the perfect look.

Tooth-colored fillings dry faster than other types of fillings. Most dentists use a composite restoration to treat the front teeth, as it gives a natural appearance, but advancements have made it possible to use composite fillings on the molars, which receive the most wear.

We, at Designer Smiles with our expertise and experience, are known to provide the best possible outcome with tooth coloured fillings.

Why should you opt for tooth-colored fillings?

There are several reasons why tooth-colored fillings have emerged as a superior alternative to amalgam fillings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Although the cost varies from clinic to clinic, tooth-colored fillings are generally more expensive than amalgam fillings. However, the cost is worth it due to the myriad of advantages they have.

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a durable resin-based material, they last about 8 to 12 years. But they’re also reparable which means there won’t be a need to replace old fillings.

Since they mimic the appearance of a natural tooth, tooth-colored fillings can turn yellow as time passes. Although this can be reversed, as tooth-colored fillings can be polished.