People who want to revive the natural appearance and beauty of their smiles are discovering how they can achieve that goal with tooth-colored fillings, which are sometimes referred to as white fillings.
The chief benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they mimic the look and function of your natural teeth. It used to be that metal alloy was the only option for patients looking to fill a cavity or repair a damaged tooth. But today’s composite resin fillings boast benefits that outlast the cosmetic dentistry treatment options of yesteryear.
To find out if tooth-colored fillings are right for you, contact the DENTAL STUDIO online or at 415-392-5025 to schedule a free consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jarrod Cornehl. Our San Francisco office cares for patients from San Rafael, Oakland, Berkeley and the entire Bay Area.
Why You Should Consider White Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are a great option for patients who have one or more tooth cavities. These fillings offer the benefit of addressing most cosmetic and dental health concerns, and can be used either on front or back teeth.
There are several other advantages to tooth-colored fillings. First, these fillings will closely match the patient’s natural tooth color and shape. Also, since these fillings are placed with a chemical bonding agent, they require less tooth structure removal in order to be placed. In that sense, they are more conservative than a metal filling, which may require the removal of a greater margin of the tooth enamel.
Tooth-colored fillings also will make your original tooth stronger while minimizing sensitivity as a result of your treatment.
Great Smile Track Record
Tooth-colored fillings have become an ever better product since their introduction to dental medicine more than a half-century ago. They have become a go-to option for dentists, thanks to their appealing look and exceptional performance. It follows that tooth-colored fillings are now among today’s most widely-used cosmetic dentistry treatments.
How Does it Work?
These fillings are made from strong composite resin. They are chemically bonded to teeth, which is a comfortable experience for the patient that often requires no numbing.
However, the use of a numbing agent is an individual treatment decision that can be influenced by the amount of the tooth decay in the treatment area.
When tooth decay is present in the treatment area, it is removed before the affected tooth can be property and safely repaired.
Completing a tooth repair using a tooth-colored filling then involves applying a safe primer to the tooth, which has the effect of softening pores in the tooth enamel and dentin.
Then, the dentist will apply a bonding agent to the tooth, followed by the tooth-colored filling material. The dentist will shape the filling to resemble the patient’s natural teeth before curing the filling with an ultraviolet light.
Once the filling has hardened, Dr. Cornehl checks your bite and jaw alignment to make sure the filling is properly positioned. Adjustments are made to the repaired tooth as necessary.
The Right Treatment for You
To find out if tooth-colored fillings, or white fillings, are right for you, contact the DENTAL STUDIO online or at 415-392-5025 to schedule a free consultation in San Francisco. We proudly serve patients from our city and across the region, including Oakland, Berkeley and San Rafael.