How Natural Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?

When it comes to your dental treatment, natural is better. The more lifelike your treatment is and the less impact it has on the rest of your oral health, the more effectively it can restore and preserve your smile. For example, at our Columbia, TN, dental office, we offer more natural tooth-colored fillings for addressing common cavities. In addition to looking more like your natural tooth structure, tooth-colored fillings are also able to better preserve your tooth in the long run.

Their discreet, lifelike appearance

The most popular characteristic of tooth-colored fillings is their appearance. As the name suggests, their designed to closely match the unique color and shade of your healthy teeth, making them blend in discreetly with your smile when placed in your cavity. Tooth-colored fillings are made from biocompatible resin that consists of finely ground acrylic and quartz-like particles. After the resin is tinted to match your unique tooth color, it can be placed and secured in your cavity and remain discreet when you speak and smile.

Their ability to mimic healthy tooth structure

While a more natural appearance is an important benefit, tooth-colored fillings also mimic healthy tooth structure in several other important ways. For example, when you bite and chew against your tooth filling, the resin won’t create excessive friction against the opposing teeth. This means it won’t wear them down over time, as metal fillings may often do. The resin also retains its shape once placed in your cavity, remaining stable and secure to offer more reliable support for your tooth.

Their protection against oral bacteria

When treating a cavity, it’s important to consider the tooth’s newly exposed structure and its vulnerability to further infection. A tooth filling not only restores the tooth structure, but also provides a seal that protects the tooth from harmful oral bacteria in the future. One of the most important advantages of tooth-colored composite resin is that it bonds securely to your tooth structure and remain secure, acting as a barrier against bacteria that could lead to more severe decay in the tooth.

Learn more about tooth-colored fillings

With a tooth-colored filling, you can treat your cavity in a more discreet and more natural way. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.