The Invisible Power of Tooth-Colored Fillings
When cavities strike, the last thing you want to worry about is if the filling is going to change the look of your smile. Not only do tooth-colored fillings allow for the necessary dental work your mouth requires, but they do it without anyone noticing a difference to your smile.
Composite fillings, also referred to as tooth-colored fillings, match the natural look and strength of your smile after you treat a cavity. Composite resins are made out of ceramic and plastic compounds constructed to hold-up to the pressures of chewing, biting and grinding.
Before we place tooth-colored fillings, we make sure they are blended to match the exact shade of your tooth. As a result, patients can enjoy the confidence that tooth-colored fillings give them following treatment. Certainly, when front teeth are being repaired.
Fillings Follow Cavities
While we are happy to offer our patients a discreet option for tooth fillings, above all, we would prefer our patients not to need fillings!
Our staff is commited to educating you on best practices for home oral care. Therefore, we thoroughly evaluate each patient’s mouth so we know exactly what you need.
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH) reports that tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease among children and adults. To clarify, that’s not only in the United States, but worldwide.
Research shows that around 91% of adults have had a cavity at some point in their life. Furthermore, the NIH reports some of the following statistics about cavities:
- 42% of children under 11 have cavities
- 23% of those children have untreated tooth decay
- 59% of teens 12-19 have cavities
- 20% of those teens have untreated tooth decay
- 92% of adults between 20 and 64 have had cavities
- 26% of adults have untreated tooth decay
As you age, tooth decay becomes more prevalent. Why? Because your teeth have been exposed to sugars and wear and tear for years. So, taking care of young teeth sets the stage for a healthier older mouth.
Composite Fillings that Match Your Natural Teeth
A filling brings a tooth back to its normal function and shape following trauma or decay. f you have a tooth that requires a filling, Dr. Cat will first clear the decay from the tooth material. Then she will fill the hole the cavity created with a tooth-colored filling material.
Before composite fillings were available, metal amalgam material was the go-to. Metal fillings were anything but discreet. Plus, the composite fillings are better for your body. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts and can split. They can corrode, leak, cause stains on your teeth and gums, and are made out of mercury.
Technology brought us a better option in the form of tooth-colored fillings that we are happy to share with our patients.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Restore Your Natural Smile
A tooth-colored filling offers our patients durability under the pressures that are asserted from chewing food. These fillings can be used on either the front or back of your teeth and their natural look means not even you will be able to see them!
Call us today at (813) 576-0200 to schedule a consultation and exam and to learn more about tooth-colored fillings.