If you have recently been told by your dentist that you need a filling for a cavity, you may be wondering if there was a way to make the filling ‘match’ your other teeth, instead of being a metal color.
In fact, there are tooth colored fillings called composite fillings. A composite filling is designed to be used on small to medium sized cavities and fillings. While this type of cavity and filling takes longer to perform, the result is a match to your surrounding teeth coloring so that no one will ever know that you had a cavity there.
Composite fillings are made from a combination of plastic, resin, and other materials to make a smooth surface that matches with your surrounding teeth. Composite fillings can be used in either front or back teeth, and can withstand moderate chewing pressure. They have been shown to have a good lifespan and have a good resistance and lifespan.
The reason it takes longer to place a composite filling is because your tooth must be kept dry during the process. You may see the assistant frequently suctioning your mouth, or blowing bits of air on your tooth. This is to help the filling adhere better.
Composite fillings are actually placed by bonding the filling to the tooth. This is different than traditional metal fillings that are drilled into place. One of the advantages to composite fillings and bonding is that a smaller amount of tooth surface is actually drilled away, leaving your natural tooth more intact after the procedure.
If you are concerned about the appearance of a filling, and would like to have your teeth look as ‘natural’ as possible, talk to your dentist about the use of composite fillings.
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