Do you have cavities in your teeth? If yes, you should get them treated before they escalate into more significant problems. For many years, metal or silver amalgam fillings were the only dental fillings available. Unfortunately, metal fillings have various downsides, including the fact that they’re aesthetically unappealing. Tooth-colored fillings are the better alternative for patients who want to restore both the beauty and the function of their teeth. As the name suggests, tooth-colored fillings are selected to match the shade of your smile.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of composite resin or porcelain. For larger cavities, our dentist may recommend indirect tooth-colored fillings, which are also known as inlays and onlays.
We begin your treatment by removing all signs of decay from your affected tooth. For this process, our dentist in Claremont, NH, uses local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. If you struggle with dental anxiety, we’re happy to discuss sedation options with you.
Next, our dentist seals your tooth with composite resin material. For direct fillings, our dentist applies the tooth-colored resin material in layers while using a special light to harden each layer. At the end of it, our dentist shapes and polishes the tooth to achieve the desired final look.
For indirect tooth-colored fillings, our dentist takes dental impressions after thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting your tooth. The indirect restorations are then crafted in a dental lab. During your second visit, our dentist bonds the restorations to your tooth.
Inlays and onlays offer more coverage compared to direct fillings. We use inlays and onlays for cavities that are too big for simple fillings but too small for dental crowns.
The most apparent advantage of tooth-colored fillings is the natural appearance that they offer. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with your natural teeth and are aesthetically superior to metal fillings. Other significant benefits of tooth-colored fillings include the following:
If you have cavities or chipped teeth, we can restore your smile as well as your confidence using tooth-colored fillings. Contact us for more information.