Tooth-colored Fillings Provide Support and Aesthetics
Drs. Donald Kahn, Daniel Aldieri, and Angela Ferrari offer tooth-colored fillings at their Farmingdale, NY, practice. Tooth-colored fillings are quickly becoming the prefered method of restoring teeth following cavity treatment because of the many unique benefits they provide. In addition to offering far better aesthetics than traditional amalgam fillings, they are actually far more compatible with your teeth. If you have a cavity in need of treatment, you can depend on us to not only restore your tooth, but also maintain the beautiful appearance of your smile. To learn more, please contact our office and schedule an evaluation.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
The most apparent benefit of tooth-colored fillings is natural-looking aesthetics. While amalgam fillings can effectively restore a tooth following cavity treatment, their dark color can make otherwise healthy teeth appear decayed or unattractive. However, many do not realize that in addition to aesthetics, tooth-colored fillings provide many practical benefits:
- Less Invasive treatment: A tooth-colored filling does not require as much alteration of a tooth as an amalgam filling.
- A more secure bond: Our tooth-colored resin bonds more securely than amalgam.
- Greater compatibility: When exposed to heat and cold, amalgam fillings expand and contract. Over time, this effect can place pressure on the tooth, resulting in small cracks and other damage. Tooth-colored fillings, on the other hand, experience virtually no fluctuation, making them a much better fit for your tooth.
- Peace of mind: Amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury, a toxic element. While there is currently no evidence demonstrating that amalgam fillings pose a health risk, some patients find that non-toxic tooth-colored fillings provide them with greater peace of mind.
If you have a cavity, or if you have amalgam fillings you need or want to replace, you are probably a candidate for tooth-colored fillings.
If you have a cavity, or if you have amalgam fillings you need or want to replace, you are probably a candidate for tooth-colored fillings. However, if you have a large cavity, you may require a more extensive solution. We can provide a dental crown to cover the entire tooth following a treatment such as a root canal. Inlays and onlays are restorations that replace a large portion of decayed tissue on the chewing surface of the tooth. During a consultation, one of our doctors will evaluate the state of your smile to determine which solution is right for you.
Placing Tooth-colored Dental Fillings
After your dentist has determined you have a cavity, you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment to have the cavity treated. During this appointment, your dentist will remove the decayed tissue. Next, after the tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, it will be isolated, and tooth-colored resin will be used to fill the void. Next, a special light will be used to cure the bonding material. Finally, your dentist will file and smooth the filling to ensure a smooth, natural-looking surface.
If you would like to learn more about how we can treat your cavity with a tooth-colored filling, contact one of our friendly office associates and schedule an appointment today. We look forward to helping you restore the health and aesthetics of your smile.