Silver amalgam fillings were the mainstay in dentistry for many years, and while they provided a functional way to repair teeth with cavities, most people would agree that they didn’t look very good. At Martin Taylor Dentistry, patients in the Tucson, AZ area can get the best of both worlds with white tooth fillings. These composite resin fillings effectively restore a tooth’s function and health, while at the same time achieving cosmetically pleasing results.
Benefits of white cavity fillings
The composite resin material used in white fillings looks just like your teeth, mimicking both the color and the translucency that natural teeth have. Tooth-colored fillings do more than just look great and blend in seamlessly with your smile, which means that they are not only a great choice for your front teeth, but also your back molars that people will rarely see. The composite restoration material helps to reinforce the tooth by bonding to the tooth’s surface, which means that your dentist needs to remove less of the healthy tooth structure than if a metal amalgam filling were to be used. In addition, for patients who are concerned about the potential toxicities associated with mercury in the amalgam material, white fillings offer a great metal-free alternative.
The tooth-colored filling process
If you are told that you need a filling, there is no need to panic. Fillings are the most common restorative dental procedure done in the United States, with millions of patients receiving fillings each year.
- First, we numb the area that will be treated so you are completely comfortable during the procedure
- Then, we remove the decayed area from the tooth using specialized dental tools
- Once the tooth is ready, we place the composite resin material in layer by layer, using a blue light to cure each layer for a hard, durable finish
- After your tooth has been filled, we check your bite and adjust the shape of the filling as needed to make your smile function and feel great