Tooth-colored fillings offer a safe and aesthetic alternative to silver fillings. Experienced family and aesthetic dentist Ann N. Hebda, DDS, offers these composite fillings to repair minor defects in your teeth. To take advantage of these natural-looking fillings, call Complete Health Dentistry, located in Ashburn, Virginia, or book an appointment online.
Dr. Hebda uses fillings to restore a tooth that’s been damaged by decay. The process of getting a filling first requires the doctor to remove the decayed material, then clean the area, and place the filling material. The filling effectively closes off the tooth, so further decay is discouraged.
Fillings are common and safe to receive. Fillings may be made from any number of materials, including gold, silver, or tooth-colored materials.
Tooth-colored fillings may be made from porcelain or composite resin (a type of plastic). Both can be matched to the color of your teeth and are ideal for someone who wants no flash of metal in their mouth. Porcelain fillings are more durable than composite resin fillings, which may chip or wear over time.
Both front and back teeth can receive tooth-colored fillings. Composite resin, the most common tooth-colored material used, is usually best for teeth that require small- to mid-sized fillings. Dr. Hebda can determine if a tooth-colored filling is right for your tooth’s or teeth’s needs.
Tooth-colored fillings are more common than silver or gold fillings, largely because they’re more attractive. Tooth-colored fillings allow you to retain a beautiful, bright smile.
Dr. Hebda can identify areas where a cavity is beginning during your oral health examination with the aid of x-rays.
You should expect to be comfortable. It is a one-visit procedure in which decay is removed and tooth colored filling is placed.
You care for a filling just as you do any other of your teeth. Brush regularly and floss. Schedule regular professional cleanings, too. Avoid biting non-food items – such as pens or using your teeth as a tool – and avoid especially crunchy items, such as ice or popcorn kernels.
To take advantage of the aesthetic benefits of tooth-colored fillings, call Complete Health Dentistry, or book an appointment online today.