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Tooth-Colored Fillings – Mt. Pleasant, SC

Your Invisible Cavity Solution

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In the past, you could clearly tell when you had a cavity filled—the silvery blob on your tooth was a dead giveaway. But these amalgam fillings are a thing of the past. Advances in materials and technique enable our Mt. Pleasant office to provide a better solution for restoring your teeth after cavities. Now you and Dr. Gregory can be the only ones who know that you had any sign of tooth decay at all—with tooth-colored fillings. You can restore your tooth’s health and have a smile you’re proud to show off.

What are tooth-colored fillings made of?

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Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, which consist of a combination of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, tooth-colored fillings contain no metal. The composite resin material uses plastic and fine ceramic particles, making this type much more biocompatible. Although not as durable as their amalgam counterpart, tooth-colored fillings bond well to your natural teeth, helping them stay in place much better.

What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings over amalgam fillings?

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Although traditional amalgam fillings have their own advantages, they are outweighed by the benefits of tooth-colored fillings. These benefits include the following:

  • They look natural. Tooth-colored fillings are shaded to match your teeth, creating a seamless result.
  • They shield your teeth from hot and cold. Some patients complained of sensitivity to temperatures through their metal fillings. Composite resin provides an adequate barrier for your teeth.
  • They support tooth structure and are secure. Amalgam fillings don’t bond well to teeth, but composite resin does and therefore can fully restore the tooth’s strength and function.
  • They let you keep more of your natural tooth. To ensure amalgam fillings stayed in place, more of the tooth structure had to be removed. Conversely, composite resin is flexible, allowing you to preserve more of your natural tooth.

How are tooth-colored fillings placed?

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Addressing a cavity with tooth-colored fillings goes like this:

  1. Gregory administers a local anesthetic to numb the area.
  2. Then, she cleans out the decayed portions of your tooth.
  3. She then applies the putty-like composite resin to your tooth, molds it into the desired shape, and makes it smooth.
  4. A light is used to harden the filling.
  5. She then fine tunes the shape of the resin, ensuring that your bite feels comfortable and looks great.

Do tooth-colored fillings require special care?

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To care for your tooth-colored fillings, you just need to maintain the same normal healthy oral habits that you need to have for your natural teeth:

  • Brushing at least twice a day.
  • Flossing at least once a day.
  • Visiting the dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.

If you do these things, your composite resin fillings will likely last for many years. Plus, with these habits, you can help prevent the need for future fillings!

Dr. Gregory and our team are dedicated to helping your smile stay happy and healthy for many years to come. Schedule an appointment with us today to experience the difference that expert, compassionate care can make.

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