What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?

By Laura Elliff, DMD
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you suffering from tooth decay? Well, with tooth-colored fillings, that's no problem. Dentists in Batavia, IL, Drs. Andrew and Laura Elliff, Smilecan help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want.

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during dental bonding procedures. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles and is used to fix issues, such as:

  • Chips and cracks
  • Fractures
  • Decays
  • Discolored and stained teeth
  • Short teeth

Fillings and Dental Bonding in Batavia

In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your dentist will apply an etching solution to the surface of your tooth, then the composite resin that matches the color of your teeth is applied and molded to the right shape. The last step consists of the composite being hardened in place with a curing light.

Advantages of Tooth-colored Composite

After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:

  • Unlike silver amalgam, the fillings won't cause your teeth to turn a gray tint over time and are safer.
  • As mentioned before, your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
  • The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth and breaking, or cracking, it again

Maintaining your New Bonding

Dental bondings require the same care as all your teeth. You need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once before your bed. This will help keep your teeth healthy and avoid new cavities from flourishing in your new tooth-colored fillings, or any of your other teeth.

Consultation

For more information about tooth colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call your dentists, Drs. Andrew and Laura Elliff, at (630) 482-7200, their office is conveniently located in Batavia, IL, so don't hesitate to call!

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