What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?
By Paul Scholl, DDS
July 19, 2018
Category: dental procedures

Have a cavity? At some point, nearly everyone will be affected by a dental cavity. Tooth-colored—also called composite—fillings are used fillingsto repair cavities. Dr. Paul Scholl at Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI, offers a complete range of dental services. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about tooth-colored fillings.

About Tooth-Colored Fillings 

Tooth-colored fillings are used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. They can be used on either front or back teeth. Amalgam—also called silver—fillings are less popular than tooth-colored fillings because of their silvery appearance. Tooth-colored fillings mimic the natural appearance of tooth enamel. 

Uses for Tooth-Colored Fillings

A dental cavity develops when a tooth breaks down, or decays. In addition to repairing cavities, tooth-colored fillings are used to change the shape, color, and size of teeth. They're also routinely used to repair chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth and teeth that have been weakened from misuse. 

Dental Filling Procedure

Tooth-colored fillings can be drilled and filled in about 15 minutes. First, your Milwaukee dentist will use a local anesthetic to lessen discomfort during the procedure. Next, your dentist will drill out the decay in the tooth and the area will be cleaned to remove debris and bacteria. Your dentist will apply the resin material in layers. After the dental filling is in, your dentist will finish and polish your tooth. 

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

The main advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they blend in with the surrounding tooth structure for a natural appearance. Tooth-colored fillings are also one of the most durable and long-lasting options. They will help maintain the strength of your teeth and minimize the likelihood of future breakage. 

Having tooth-colored fillings done will do you a world of good. If you need a dental filling, call Art of Dentistry at 414-445-3670 today to schedule a dental appointment in Milwaukee, WI. Tooth-colored fillings have helped millions of people enhance their smiles, boosting their self-confidence, and improve their lives. And they will do the same for you!

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