Regarding dental restorations, aesthetics, and functionality play a vital role in achieving a healthy and confident smile. Metal or amalgam fillings were the norm in the past, but modern dentistry has introduced tooth-colored fillings as a superior alternative. At Ami Desai, these composite fillings blend seamlessly with natural tooth color, providing a discreet and natural-looking solution for dental decay and damage. Tooth-colored fillings, or composite fillings, are a mixture of finely ground glass particles and dental resin that closely resembles the color of natural teeth. Unlike traditional metal or amalgam fillings, which are noticeable due to their silver appearance, tooth-colored fillings offer a discreet and aesthetically pleasing solution for restoring teeth that decay or damage.
Before starting the filling procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures that you are comfortable and pain-free during the treatment.
Once the area is numb, your dentist will use a dental drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. The process involves carefully removing the affected area while preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible.
After removing the decay, your dentist will prepare the tooth for filling by cleaning and shaping the cavity. They will ensure that all surfaces are free of bacteria and debris to facilitate proper bonding of the filling material.
Next, your dentist will apply tooth-colored composite resin material layers to the prepared tooth. The resin is carefully shaped and molded to match the natural contours of your tooth and restore its functionality. Your dentist will use a special curing light to harden each layer of the filling material. This process is repeated until the filling reaches the desired shape and size.
After the filling, your dentist will check your bite to ensure it is properly aligned. They may adjust the filling's shape and position slightly to achieve a comfortable and functional bite. Once the bite is properly adjusted, the filling will be polished to smooth out any rough edges and give it a natural-looking appearance.
The most significant advantage of tooth-colored fillings is their ability to blend seamlessly with the natural color of your teeth. They can be precisely matched to the shade of your existing teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding tooth structure. This creates a more harmonious and natural-looking smile.
Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure. This bonding creates a tight seal, strengthening the tooth and reducing the risk of further decay or damage. The strong bond also helps support the tooth, reducing the likelihood of fractures or breakages.
Tooth-colored fillings offer an array of benefits that go beyond their aesthetic appeal. Visit Ami Desai at 440 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035, or call (408) 946-0777 to learn more about the benefits of tooth-colored fillings.