Tooth-colored fillings blend a lifelike appearance and durability for exceptional cavity repair
True to our name, we like to keep our patients “all smiles.” We protect our patients’ oral health with a range of preventive services at All Smiles Dental Studio in Encinitas, California; however, individuals from throughout the Solana, Rancho Santa Fe, and Carlsbad regions also trust our professional treatments to restore teeth and gums. Dental fillings present one of the most common restorative dental procedures. They are a comparatively conservative alternative to other therapeutic procedures, such as dental crowns.
The beauty and strength of tooth-colored fillings
Fillings are dental materials that are prepared and shaped to “fill in” cavities or holes in the teeth. If tooth decay is not treated promptly, it can cause cavities. Fillings generally repair this form of tooth decay. They are not indicated for patients whose teeth have large cavities. There must be sufficient natural tooth material to support the teeth’ lasting strength and structural integrity. Treating big cavities with fillings can make the tooth persistently weak and vulnerable to fractures and further damage.
Fillings have traditionally been made with a combination of metals. This type of metal is silver-colored and known as “dental amalgam.” Our patients appreciate that we use composite resin to fabricate dental fillings. These fillings are conservative (preserve utmost tooth structure), and they are appropriate for patients with sensitivities to metals. Best of all, our patients love how their repaired teeth look!
Natural, healthy teeth are not gray or silver-colored like conventional amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are a shade of white that is perfectly color-matched to you. So, they look like natural teeth. Additionally, they are highly durable and resistant to fracturing or breakage (for smaller to mid-sized fillings). Due to their strength, these dental restorations are even well-suited for back teeth that sustain the brunt of the forces from functions such as chewing and breaking down food. Since they are also designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth, composite fillings are also appropriate for patients with damage to the front teeth.
Start the process today
We can determine if you are a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings following an examination at our office in Encinitas, CA. If we find that this type of filling is a good option for you, the procedure is mainly straightforward. It involves removing damaged areas of the tooth. Then, the composite filling material is bonded to the tooth to fill any missing tooth structure. Once the filling is secured to the tooth, it can be cared for like a natural, unaltered tooth. With good home care and regular visits to All Smiles Dental Studio, your tooth colored fillings should last you a long time. Call (760) 456-4978 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shahrokh.