Patients who experience concerns with decay, broken teeth, cavities, or other dental concerns that compromise the integrity of their teeth might find they’re in need of a filling. Those familiar with the silver amalgam fillings of the past will be relieved to learn that dental technology has moved on and new cosmetic options exist. Dr. Piazza is proud to provide Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings to those patients who want to restore their teeth without a shiny silver gleam. Durable, simple, and nearly impossible to tell from your natural tooth color there isn’t a better looking solution for damaged or decayed teeth.
What Is A Composite Tooth-Colored Filling?
Created from a mixture of glass and plastic these fillings are a durable and aesthetically-pleasing method of restoring damaged teeth. The material itself can be sculpted and molded by your physician until casual observers will not be able to discern your natural teeth from those that have had fillings. When you have a composite tooth-colored filling put in by your dentist, they will take the time to carefully color the material to match your tooth’s natural shade as part of the process.
How Are Composite Fillings Put In?
Composite fillings are generally a single-visit affair that starts with a thorough cleaning of your teeth. Once you have had the plaque, tartar, and debris removed from your teeth your dentist will be able to clearly assess the damage to the tooth. A drill will then be used to eliminate the decayed portions of the tooth and to gently rough the edges of the filling site. The filling will then be put in place layer by layer, a special curing light is used to harden the material between each coat. When it’s completed your dentist will closely inspect your new filling to be sure it matches the appearance of your natural teeth. They will grind down rough edges and uneven shapes until your new restoration is indistinguishable from your neighboring teeth.
How Do I Know if I Need A Filling?
Patients who are in need of a filling have most commonly experienced the compromising of the integrity of their teeth through decay. Trauma to the mouth will occasionally result in breaking or chipping that can benefit from the application of a filling, and there are certain medicines that can cause teeth to become susceptible to decay. Those who practice consistent dental hygiene generally will not find themselves in need of a filling unless trauma or a medical complication is involved.
Your smile is one of your greatest assets affecting your self-esteem and how you’re perceived by others. If you’ve been living with damaged or decayed teeth that make you less confident about your smile then pick up the phone and call our offices today at 630-357-6400. Our friendly staff will schedule a consultation with you and Dr. Piazza at our clinic. You’ll receive a full dental exam, and they’ll go over your options for cosmetic or restorative dental treatments that can address the concerns you’re experiencing. Call now