Tooth Colored (Composite) Fillings
While we are primarily concerned about your dental and overall health, we understand that the way your teeth look is also very important. Composite fillings – also known as tooth-colored fillings – are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They closely match the color of the existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in more visible areas of the mouth. Composite fillings can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth. Advancements in dental technology and the composition of composite fillings have made it possible for dentists to also use tooth-colored fillings on molars, which receive more wear than other teeth.
Did you know…
that people often say that one of the first things they notice about others is their smile? What is your smile saying about you? Feeling good about the way you look can carry over to the way you present yourself to the world. We want you to be able to smile without the fear of judgement or feeling self conscious.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for tooth-colored fillings?
If you have a cavity, broken tooth, or a deteriorated filling, you may be a candidate for a tooth-colored filling. Schedule a dental consultation to find out if composites are right for you.
What should I expect if my dentist decides a composite filling is right for me?
Dr. Appelbaum will begin the procedure by removing the decay or unsightly portion of the tooth. The tooth is then etched with a gel and a bonding agent is applied, which will allow the composite resin to adhere to the prepared tooth. The resin, which matches the shade of your teeth, is then molded onto the surface and hardened using a special curing light. Dr. Appelbaum will trim and polish the filling, leaving you with a beautifully sculpted, natural looking restoration.
What type of post-treatment care is required after getting a composite filling?
You will be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. It’s normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days following treatment, but sensitivity that persists beyond a week should be reported to your dentist.