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Tooth-Colored Fillings

Smiling man in dental chair giving thumbs up To repair minor tooth decay or damage, the dentist will usually recommend a filling. In the past, metal amalgam fillings were used, but today, tooth-colored fillings are the more popular solution. These tooth-colored materials allow us to conservatively repair teeth without adversely affecting the appearance of the smile. At Common Park Dental in Worcester, we offer a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments to renew oral health while preserving the optimum amount of tooth structure. Call our team right away if you’re in need of restorative dentistry services. We’ll get to work repairing your smile to full form, function, and flawless appearance.

When are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

Tooth-colored fillings can be used to repair smiles following mild decay or minor tooth damage. They are placed over the course of a single appointment, and can repair numerous small chips or areas of tooth decay. The goal of dentistry care at Common Park Dental is always to help patients maintain their healthiest smiles and preserve the greatest amount of natural tooth structure, and tooth-colored fillings allow us to do just that.

How are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

Tooth colored fillings are simple to place. We begin by numbing the area around the tooth to ensure your comfort. Then, we prepare the tooth by removing any weakened or damaged structures and applying an etchant material. The acidic etching material creates more pits and grooves for the composite to fuse with. Next, we apply the putty-like composite resin directly to the prepared surface of the tooth. The resin is molded into position, and a curing light is used to harden the resin into position. We smooth and polish the treated tooth, and patients leave with a flawless smile.

How do I Care for My Treated Teeth?

Once your tooth-colored fillings are in place, you’ll want to continue to brush two minutes at a time twice a day and floss at least once each day. Because the composite resin is not as strong as tooth enamel, you’ll likely want to switch to a less abrasive toothpaste and softer bristled toothbrush. Unlike porcelain and other restoration materials, composite resin will absorb pigment and stain, so to preserve the appearance of your treated tooth or teeth, you may want to avoid consumption of darker foods and beverages – if they will stain a white shirt they will stain your teeth. You should also visit our office every six months, so we can examine your fillings to ensure they are still strongly fused with the tooth. We can usually repair damage to a filling, if we notice issues in the earliest stages.

What is Cosmetic Dental Bonding?

Cosmetic dental bonding uses tooth-colored filling material to correct or conceal smile flaws. For many patients, this simple, conservative same day solution is a great option to repair chips, cracks, stains, and gaps in the smile. It can be a cost effective, single visit alternative to more advanced cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers. We simply shape the precisely shaded tooth-colored filling material into place, and leave you with a flawless smile.