Tooth-Colored Fillings in Steele Creek, Charlotte
Even with the most diligent brushing and flossing, cavities, also known as dental caries, are sometimes just inevitable.
Chances are, if you are like most people, you will need a filling at least once in your life to prevent a cavity from growing bigger and getting worse.
Amalgam fillings were once the filling option of choice for most dentists. These dark gray metal combinations were effective at preventing cavities from getting bigger, but they were not very attractive.
Tooth-colored fillings, also called composite fillings, are now available for dental caries. This type of filling is not only made to match the color of your tooth—so they are virtually undetectable—but they are durable and fracture-resistant as well.
If you have a tooth that you think might have a cavity, see Dr. H. Justin Harlow of Harlow Dental at Steele Creek to find out more about tooth-colored fillings—and to protect the health of your tooth.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Made of minuscule glass or quartz particles, these resin fillings have one big advantage: They match the color of the tooth that is filled, blending in so well as to be practically invisible. Even with your head thrown back in the most enthusiastic belly laugh that reveals all of your teeth, your filling will be undetectable. Composite fillings match your natural teeth that closely!
Another great thing about composite fillings is that they are excellent for filling cavities that occur in your front teeth because they blend in so seamlessly with your other teeth. The composite resin material is also effective for fixing broken or chipped teeth.
But there are additional benefits to tooth-colored fillings as well, beyond esthetics. For instance:
- Composite fillings do not expand and contract as much as amalgam fillings when they come into contact with hot or cold liquids. This lessens the risk of fracture.
- Because less tooth structure needs to be removed to place the filling, preparation beforehand is quicker and easier and preserves more of your own natural healthy tooth.
Caring for Your Tooth-Colored Fillings
You can care for your teeth filled with composite material just as you would your natural teeth. Practice good home care with regular brushing and flossing. As always, visit your dentist twice each year for checkups and cleanings to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy.
Occasionally, patients will feel some tooth sensitivity in the area where the filling has been placed. This is nothing to worry about and will usually go away on its own over a short period of time. You can try a desensitizing toothpaste until the area calms down.
In the unlikely event this issue does not resolve on its own, be sure to give us a call!
Find Out More about Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you need a tooth filled, contact Harlow Family Dentistry. We can tell you more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings. Make an appointment today!