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The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Close-up of a woman's mouth with tooth-colored fillings.
Close-up of patient’s open mouth during oral checkup with mirror and hook

If you have damaged teeth due to cavities, your dentist may recommend that you have one or more fillings. A filling is an artificial substitute for decayed areas of teeth. The filling helps to restore the health of the tooth and prevent further damage to the tooth or other teeth. It preserves the long-term health of the tooth and stops the sensitivity that comes with cavities. You’ll be able to use the tooth as you normally would as soon as the filling is placed. 

There is more than one type of filling that you can get. A popular option is a tooth-colored filling, which is exactly as the name suggests. The filling matches the color of the tooth so it blends in and goes unnoticed.

The other option is to get amalgam (metal) fillings. There are advantages to both, and most of it comes down to preference and cost. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at tooth-colored fillings and their benefits. 

Look Natural

The number one reason why people decide to get tooth-colored fillings rather than amalgam fillings is that they look natural. Since they match the color of the tooth, they’re much less noticeable than their metal counterparts. Often, you can see metal fillings, even if they’re in the back of the mouth. And it’s not hard to see why: they’re a different color than the tooth, so they stand out.

If you’re in any way concerned about how the filling will look, go with a tooth-colored filling. They tend to provide longer-term satisfaction. You’ll have a functional, healthy tooth, and you won’t even notice it yourself after a while. 

Long-Lasting

You won’t just have a natural-looking filling, you’ll also enjoy the benefits of a healthy tooth for a long time. Fillings last for around ten years on average, providing that they’re properly cared for. You can get your filling and go about your regular business knowledge that you won’t have any problems.

You can ensure that your filling lasts as long as possible by maintaining healthy dental habits. For example, brush your teeth twice a day and have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. These habits keep your new filling working, but they also prevent the need for fillings in the future. 

Less Invasive

Some people think that treatments designed to significantly improve their dental health will take a long time. Getting a tooth-colored filling is a straightforward process and is performed quickly. It’s also a procedure with minimal pain with the use of local anesthesia. 

Learning About the Cavity Process

So what can you expect when you go in for a filling procedure? As we mentioned above, it’s not a particularly complicated process. In fact, there are only five steps!

  1. First, we’ll make sure that the tooth is completely dry by using a special tool that isolates the tooth from saliva.
  2. Next, we’ll identify the damaged part of the tooth. This is the decayed part that has to be removed; it’s this portion of the tooth that the filling replaces. Once the decayed part of the tooth is removed, all that’s left is the healthy portion of the tooth.
  3. Next, we’ll add a bonding agent that will keep the filling in place.
  4. We’ll cure the bonding agent with a special light to prepare for the application of the filling.
  5. Now it’s time to add the filling. Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, which is then inserted into the tooth. Once added, we’ll use tools to shape and polish the tooth so it looks natural. And just like that, the job is done! You’ll likely feel some effects of the anesthesia, but that’s it. You will be able to go about your day. 

Other Options

There are two other types of fillings called inlays and onlays. Depending size and location of the decay, one of these two options restore the tooth. An inlay is a pre-mold for filling cavities of the inner part of the back teeth between the cusps. An onlay is a pre-mold of one or more of the cusps.

Inlays and onlays are reserved for when the cavity is too big for a regular filling to repair. Tooth-colored inlays and onlay help to hide the dental work while restoring the tooth.

About Lexington Family Smiles

If you’re looking to improve your dental health with tooth-colored fillings, Lexington Family Smiles would love to help. We offer high-quality work and make sure you are completely happy with the process from beginning to end.

Our dedicated team will ensure that you feel welcome from the first moment you walk through the door. We will guide you through the process of getting your filling. There’s a reason we have so many happy patients. It’s because we put their experience ahead of everything else.

If you need a dentist in Lexington, NC, that offers tooth-colored fillings, schedule an appointment today. Alternatively, you can give one of our helpful team members a call using the number on our website. We look forward to meeting you.