Tooth-colored dental fillings are a discreet way to repair and preserve a damaged tooth.
When a tooth becomes decayed, the damaged area is removed and a filling is put in its place to protect the structural integrity of the tooth. This helps us to prevent any further damage to the area and prevents the need for extraction. In the past, these fillings were made out of gold and silver amalgam. These were distracting and less efficient than the technology used today; tooth-colored fillings.
A tooth-colored filling looks and functions more like your natural tooth than any other type of filling. They are crafted from composite resin or sometimes porcelain. Composite resin is applied directly to your tooth, sculpted to look like your other natural teeth, and then hardened with a blue light. Composite resin is flexible and can absorb the force of your bite similar to your natural teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings offer many benefits. For one, they help to preserve your damaged tooth and stop any further decay or damage. They also look like your natural teeth, unlike filling materials that were used in the past. Overall, they look and function just like your natural teeth. It will be almost impossible for anyone to tell that you have a filling. The materials used to make tooth-colored fillings are also safer for you and are not susceptible to warping from hot or cold temperatures like other filling materials. Compared to older filling methods, they also require less removal of your teeth to prep them for the filling. Overall, having a tooth-colored filling will feel and appear like your original, healthy tooth.