Teeth that have been damaged by cavities, cracks, or old and worn down fillings often need to be treated with new restorations. Our office uses high-quality dental composite fillings to repair teeth with cavities. Dental composites are tooth-colored filling material that allows us to closely match the color of your natural teeth. These tooth-colored fillings are actually bonded to your natural teeth.
How Tooth-Colored Fillings Work
An adhesive is applied to the tooth, and a light is used to activate the adhesive so that it bonds to your tooth. The white filling material is then placed in the tooth, and the light is again used to harden the filling. These white dental fillings can be used on both front teeth as well as back teeth. They can be used to fill one, two, three, and sometimes even four surfaces of your tooth. Our dentist will select a color of filling material to closely match the color of your natural teeth. Not everyone’s teeth are the same color, so our Nashville dental office keeps several different colors of composite material on hand so that we can customize the color of your tooth-colored filling to match your teeth specifically.
Cosmetic Uses for Tooth-Colored Fillings
In addition to treating cavities, white dental fillings can also be used for cosmetic dentistry procedures such as closing spaces between teeth, repairing chipped or worn teeth, and composite veneers. Some of the benefits of white composite fillings are that they are more esthetic the traditional silver amalgam fillings, they have a very precise fit, and they contain not metals like silver and mercury that are in traditional silver amalgam fillings.
How to Take Care of Tooth-Colored Fillings
How long these tooth-colored composite fillings will last depends on several factors. Our dentist will take care to ensure that the composite bonding fillings are placed properly, but the size of the filling, and how well you take care of the fillings by brushing and flossing around them will determine how long it will last. Additionally, things like coffee and tea can stain white composite fillings, so they can accumulate stain over time.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
If you have any questions about white composite fillings and if you could benefit from them, please contact our Nashville dental office for a consultation.