At Southeast Texas Center for Dental Medicine, we provide tooth-colored fillings as part of our restorative dental services. Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resins, which are safe, bio-compatible dental materials. This silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture can restore decayed teeth to attractive, healthy states.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is the destruction of your tooth structure. Cavities, also called tooth decay, occur when bacteria and food particles combine to form plaque (a yellowish sticky film that clings to your teeth). The acids from plaque begin to dissolve the enamel of your teeth, creating holes.
How can I prevent cavities?
Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once, and using an oral rinse to ensure the removal of loose debris, is the primary way you can protect your teeth against cavities. Getting regular checkups at our dental practices also ensures that your teeth remain healthy. At the earliest sign of decay, we’ll treat it immediately, preventing further destruction of your tooth.
Will tooth-colored fillings save my teeth?
Yes. Getting tooth-colored fillings can save your teeth from further decay, and protect them against getting infected or weakening to the point that they crack or break. Tooth-colored fillings offer several advantages over traditional silver (amalgam) fillings. Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match the look your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another benefit is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes.
Are tooth-colored fillings safe?
Yes! They are durable and long-lasting, too. Medium and small tooth-colored fillings can last seven to ten years and longer, and that’s as long as the tried and true amalgam fillings. Tooth-colored fillings do not contain mercury, either, which is yet another advantage to using composite resins. In addition, composite resin allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgam. Our restorative dentists believe in performing conservative dentistry. The more natural tooth structure you preserve then the more likely you’ll enjoy better oral health—and keep your teeth strong and beautiful—in the future.