Chances are that most of us will end up with at least one filling during our lifetime. If you are over the age of forty, you probably already have a collection of dark silver fillings in your mouth because that used to be the most common option.
At Tippit Dental Group, we know that dentistry can be beautiful and even the most common dental restorations can keep your smile looking its best. That is why we exclusively offer tooth-colored fillings.
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings match your natural teeth so that others do not notice your dentistry – just your smile!
Composite, the material we use to create tooth-colored fillings, is a mixture of BPA-free plastic and microscopic glass particles. Composite comes in so many colors that we can match just about anyone’s smile. Only the professionals will know that you have a filling.
Composite fillings are conservative compared to their amalgam predecessors. With amalgam fillings, removing a significant portion of healthy tooth structure was essential in order to secure them in place. With composite fillings, we only have to remove the damaged or decayed part of your tooth.
We can also use tooth-colored fillings to make small repairs such as filling in chips or gaps in your smile. This is a conservative and affordable way to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Composite is not as sensitive to temperature changes in the mouth and may help reduce sensitivity.
How Dental Fillings Work
We will always make sure you are comfortable for your procedure before one of our gentle dentists expertly removes any decay or damage from your tooth. Next, we will prepare the surface of your tooth so that your filling and tooth have a strong bond.
We will then place composite material in your tooth in layers until it is completely filled in. We will use a special curing light to harden the composite material and then polish it to a realistic shine. Finally, we will check your bite to make sure that it is even and feels good to you. A proper fit is essential for comfortable chewing.
You can chew on your filling right away, but if we used anesthetic, it is a good idea to avoid hot or chewy foods for awhile so that you do not burn yourself or bite your cheek or tongue on accident.