Tooth Colored Fillings
Costa Mesa, CA
You always hear about ways to prevent cavities, but what happens when you get one? Sometimes, despite our best efforts, cavities may still develop. Not only do cavities impact the health of your teeth, and your mouth, they can also impact your smile. At Newport Dental Group, we can restore teeth affected by cavities, and improve their aesthetics, with tooth colored fillings.
Treating Cavities and Improving Your Smile
Tooth colored fillings use composite resin to fill cavities in your teeth. Composite resin is, at first, a soft, malleable material. It is available in several different shades of white, which gives us the ability to match the color of your natural tooth enamel. The composite resin effectively fills in the hole left behind your cavity. We then harden the material using an ultraviolet light. The filling keeps bacteria out of the Also, protecting the health of your tooth. Moreover, because we can match the color of your actual teeth, we can improve the overall quality of your smile.
A Metal Free-Alternative to Amalgam
Composite resin is more than just a tooth colored alternative to amalgam (silver fillings). It is also metal-free and mercury-free. Instead, the material is made up of a mixture of plastic and fine particles of glass. Some patients have expressed concerns regarding BPA exposure, but composite fillings are generally considered safe. The amount of BPA that may be in composite resin is negligible and much less than most people are exposed to in other plastics. If you do have concerns over the materials in composite fillings, please do not hesitate to speak with us.
What Other Benefits Do Tooth Colored Fillings Provide?
The biggest benefit of tooth colored fillings is that they match the color of your natural tooth enamel. However, this is not the only benefit that they offer. They do not contain metal or mercury. The dental bonding material attaches to your natural tooth, meaning that you require less drilling. This enables us to preserve more of your natural tooth structure. Moreover, once the fillings are hardened, you can resume your life as normal. You do not have to worry about altering your diet or oral hygiene habits for a few days while the filling continues to harden.
Tooth Colored Fillings for Larger Cavities
If you have a larger cavity, an inlay or onlay may be recommended. These are also called indirect fillings and can from porcelain or ceramic. These materials beautifully restore the appearance of your teeth while also protecting your oral health. With inlays and onlays, we can preserve as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, preventing the need for a dental crown.
What if I Already Have Amalgam Fillings?
If you already have amalgam fillings, you do not have to live with them. In many cases, it is possible to safely remove your old amalgam fillings and replace them with tooth colored ones. This way, we can help to eliminate the unsightly silver from your smile, instantly improving your smile while still helping to protect the health of your teeth.
For more information on treating your cavities with tooth colored fillings, call Newport Dental Group at (949) 574-0100 today to schedule your appointment. In addition, help prevent cavities from forming by keeping up with your regular cleanings and exams.