Tooth Colored Fillings

tooth colored fillingsTooth-colored fillings can be used as alternatives to mercury amalgam fillings in order to repair damaged teeth without ruining their appearance. Made of composite resin, tooth-colored fillings are tinted on a custom basis to match the tooth enamel of patients. Other advantages associated with this type of filling include improved durability, increased longevity, and reduced toxicity. Here is more about the benefits of this treatment from our West Hollywood dental fillings expert and what patients can expect from the procedure.

The cosmetic value of tooth-colored fillings is easy to recognize, especially when this restoration is used in front teeth that can be seen by other people. Because tooth-colored fillings require less removal of tooth structure during placement, they are less likely to weaken teeth. Composite fillings also help prevent weakening of teeth over time because, unlike mercury amalgam fillings, they do not expand or contract significantly in response to hot or cold temperatures. Tooth sensitivity is less likely to occur with this treatment from our West Hollywood tooth colored fillings expert. Finally, repair on these fillings is easy to perform when necessary.

Tooth Colored Fillings West Hollywood

Our dentist begins tooth-colored filling placement by preparing the tooth to be treated. This involves removing the damaged portion of the tooth as well as a small portion of the area around it. Next, our expert in dental fillings in West Hollywood cleans and dries the tooth before using a primer on the treatment area to ensure adhesion of the composite resin. Our dentist finally applies the composite resin, shapes it, and cures it with a special light before trimming it for optimal comfort and appearance.

More patients are choosing tooth-colored fillings in order to avoid toxicity from mercury amalgam fillings. In fact, patients who already have metal fillings can have them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings for peace of mind. With proper care, including daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups from our expert in tooth colored fillings in West Hollywood, this restoration can last for a decade or more. Patients can schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood to learn more about tooth-colored fillings and their advantages.