Tooth-Colored Fillings in Massapequa Park
These days, restoring a decayed or damaged tooth doesn’t have to mar your smile with a noticeable gray spot. Tooth-colored fillings are a wonderful alternative to the silver (amalgam) fillings you had as a child. Aside from looking just like your surrounding teeth, white fillings also leave more of your natural tooth structure intact, restore the majority of the tooth’s original strength, and provide a completely metal-free option. Dr. Allan Mohr is pleased to provide tooth-colored fillings for patients of all ages!
Tooth-Colored Fillings: An Overview
A filling is what your dentist uses to restore a cavity, or the hole left from tooth decay. Cavities are caused when the bacteria already present in your mouth combines with the acids and sugars in what you eat. Without proper dental hygiene, the combination weakens tooth enamel and slowly decays the tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a biocompatible composite resin comprised of smooth plastic and glass particles. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to numb the treatment area, and takes just one visit to the dentist’s office. And because composite resin dries fully within minutes, you can head to lunch right after your appointment for a tooth-colored filling at Smile Creations!
Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam was the standard material used for fillings for many years. But with recent advances in dental materials, tooth-colored fillings are quickly becoming the preferred solution. Some of the most notable differences between tooth-colored fillings and amalgam include:
- Tooth-colored fillings use color-matching to blend flawlessly with the rest of your smile.
- Silver fillings require the removal of healthy tooth structure, but tooth-colored fillings provide a more conservative option.
- White fillings bond with the tooth enamel, actually restoring most of its strength.
- Composite resin is less sensitive to heat and cold, expanding and contracting less than silver fillings.
- Tooth-colored fillings dry within minutes under a special light; silver takes hours to fully set.
- Composite resin offers a metal-free alternative for patients with sensitivities or those who are concerned about the potential for mercury exposure.
Numerous Applications of Tooth-Colored Fillings
In addition to filling new cavities, composite resin can replace your old silver dental work or make minor cosmetic improvements to the teeth that show when you smile.
Discuss the need for filling replacement with Dr. Mohr. Patients who are concerned with the risk for mercury exposure, or who wish to remove visible silver spots from their smile, may opt to switch their old gray dental work for white fillings. It is a simple procedure that may prevent more serious problems later on.
Composite resin smooths out chips, covers up stains, closes small gaps between the teeth, and makes other aesthetic improvements in the procedure known as cosmetic bonding. A wonderful alternative to more costly, time-consuming cosmetic treatments, bonding is pain-free and completed in just one visit to Smile Creations.
Request an Appointment Today!
You don’t want to show the world your old dental work every time you smile or laugh. Tooth-colored fillings from Dr. Mohr provide the beautiful solution you need! Request an appointment for natural-looking restorative dentistry today.