Try Cosmetic Fillings for a More Natural Appearance
Most people have had a filling at some point in their lives. Dental fillings are used to treat tooth decay or to restore a damaged tooth. The most popular type of filling is the silver amalgam filling.
Cosmetic fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings or white fillings, are dental fillings that closely match natural tooth color and appearance. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, which often provide an unwanted appearance, cosmetic fillings seamlessly blend with your natural teeth. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to change the size, color or shape of your teeth. For example, cosmetic dental fillings can close gaps between teeth, repair chipped teeth or make teeth appear straighter and more even. Cosmetic fillings can also be used to replace old, silver amalgam fillings.
Most cosmetic or tooth-colored fillings are composite resin fillings, which cost more. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have about the different types of fillings, your insurance coverage, or payment options available to you.
Advantages of Cosmetic Fillings
- They closely match your natural tooth color and appearance.
- They bond to your tooth structure chemically, meaning there is no need for slots, grooves or pins to be placed in your healthy teeth.
- The bonding of white fillings to your tooth restores 85% – 95% of its original strength.
- They completely harden in seconds, instead of days required by some other materials.
- You will have little to no pain or sensitivity with composite resin fillings.
How Is a Cosmetic Filling Placed?
We will begin by completely removing any tooth decay. If tooth decay has progressed beneath the enamel layer of the tooth, some numbing may be required. Your tooth will be cleaned, and a primer will be applied to the area being restored, to open pores in the enamel and dentin. A bonding agent is then applied and cured so that it can adhere to the cosmetic filling material.
The cosmetic filling material is then placed inside the tooth and shaped to resemble your natural tooth. Then it is hardened using a strong curing light. Once the white filling hardens, your dentist will check your bite to make sure your teeth fit together properly, as well as make any adjustments necessary to ensure a perfect fit. We will then smooth and polish your new filling to give it a clean, white look that matches your natural teeth.
Everyone deserves a great smile. For some people, that means a smile free of unattractive silver dental fillings. At The Happy Tooth, our cosmetic dental professionals are specially trained in cosmetic dental fillings. Not only can we treat tooth decay, but we can also make your smile brighter in the process.
If you’re interested in cosmetic fillings, call The Happy Tooth today to request a smile evaluation. We will work with you to determine if tooth-colored cosmetic fillings are the right choice for you. Visit our contact page to find the convenient North Carolina location nearest you.