Tooth Colored Fillings Irvine

Tooth Colored Fillings

Over the course of the years, tooth colored fillings have become increasing popular due to their aesthetic appeal. Several scientific and clinical studies show that these fillings are visually superior. What’s more, composite fillings are long lasting, durable and safe.

This composite has natural qualities like that of the tooth structure. Composite is sturdy and translucent and helps strengthen teeth that have cavities. The preference of composite over silver-colored amalgam is due to its superior aesthetics.

There are 2 main reasons why tooth fillings may be used. One for filling a cavity, and another for, restorations, which fix chipping or decay. In either case, the tooth is first prepared under local anesthesia. Adding the composite material completes the restoration process. This procedure usually takes one visit.

Advantages and disadvantages

Tooth colored fillings and composites are resistant to fractures and are durable. They are perfect for small and mid-size fillings that need to sustain chewing pressure. Such fillings restore 85-95% of original tooth’s strength. Moreover, they can be used for both: front and back teeth. Fillings have good aesthetic parameters, so they look more natural than other kinds of restorations, like traditional alloy fillings. One of the advantages of composite fillings is that fillings can completely hardened in seconds, while other materials may need days to harden completely. In regards to tooth sensitivity, there are rarely any signs of prolonged sensitivity after composite filling restorations. The best thing about composite fillings is that they can be easily repaired if some damage happens.

On the other hand, there are some disadvantages, such as exposure to dark and colored liquids and foods with dyes. For example, red wine, tea, coffee, curries, etc.. Those things can stain composite fillings. It may take longer to place composite filling than a metal one, because composite requires. In some cases, the tooth to be kept dry and clean during the procedure. Moreover, metal fillings are stronger than composite fillings. Also, tooth-colored fillings are more expensive, than amalgam ones, so insurance companies tend to ask the patient for a surcharge when they opt for tooth-colored fillings instead of amalgam fillings.

Composite resin fillings placement

Such fillings are chemically bonded to the teeth. Sometimes anesthesia is not even necessary. It is only required if the tooth decay is beneath the enamel layer. When the decay is removed, then the weak acid application on the restoration area proceeds. After that, the bonding agent is being used as it helps to attach the filling material to the tooth. Then the bonding material is cured and filling material placed. The finished restoration resembles the tooth’s anatomy. Lastly, it is cured again in order to harden the filling. After that, the bite will be checked up to make sure it fits good with other teeth. Adjustments can be made by polishing and smoothing the surface of the filling.

Alternative treatment may vary depending on:

  • Damaged area size
  • How much strength must be restored to the tooth
  • Expectations on aesthetics
  • Longevity
  • Cost

All in all, the best dental filling is no filling at all. The best medicine is prevention. You can decrease a risk of dental caries(cavities) easily by:

  • Eating healthy and balanced meals
  • Regular dentist check-ups
  • Flossing
  • Brushing twice a day with toothpaste, which contains fluoride.

At our practice, Dr. Jeevan and his team ensure that the patient gets the best care possible. We pride ourselves in providing our patients with all the information necessary to make an informed decision. If you have any questions, at any time, feel free to voice them.