At Ruocco Dental, we work hard to help patients keep their smiles whole and healthy for life, but despite best efforts, only the luckiest patients manage to avoid experiencing minor tooth decay or damage in their lifetimes. When oral health concerns do arise, our skilled dentistry team can offer Waxhaw dental patients conservative treatment options to renew oral health and preserve the optimal amount of healthy tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings are one of our most versatile restorative dentistry services we provide. Completed in just one appointment, these fillings can completely replace lost tooth structure and function. If you want to learn more, contact us to schedule an appointment with us. our Waxhaw dentist and dentistry team.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Compared with traditional amalgam fillings, tooth-colored, composites offer a number of benefits, including:
- More conservative restoration. Healthy tooth structure had to be removed to create wedges that held amalgams in place. Tooth-colored fillings can be applied directly to the damaged tooth without the need to remove any healthy tooth enamel.
- Stronger fusion between the tooth and the filling. The putty-like composite seeps into the smallest pits and grooves in the tooth and fuses completely with the natural structure, strengthening the remaining healthy tooth enamel.
- More natural appearance. Because the composite resin can be precisely shaded to match the surrounding healthy teeth, it will look much more like natural structure, repairing the form and function of damaged teeth.
Caring for Your Smile After Filling Placement
Following the placement of your tooth-colored filling, you should not need to make much any change to your daily hygiene routine. We may recommend switching to a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste. Otherwise, continue to brush and floss as usual and visit our office every six months for checkups and cleanings. To avoid staining, you may also want to avoid darkly colored foods and drinks and tobacco use.
Frequently Asked Questions?
We know patients often have questions about restorative services, and we our skilled dentist and knowledgeable dentistry team are always happy to answer these questions. Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about fillings include the following:
How Long will my Filling Last?
With daily brushing and flossing and regular dental office visits, your tooth-colored filling should last for a decade or longer without the need for repair or replacement.
Will my Filling Stain?
Composite resin will absorb staining substances much like the natural tooth structure, and over time, they can discolor like your tooth enamel. It’s important that you take care to brush teeth thoroughly and visit our office for regular dental checkups to maintain the appearance of your repaired smile.
What are Fillings Made Of?
Our fillings are made from quality, tooth-colored composite resin. Composite resin can be composed using a number of plastics and glass materials. These composite resins look, feel, and function just like healthy tooth structure.