Tooth-colored fillings restore strong, healthy teeth. Unlike metal fillings, they are not a silver color that stands out in your smile. Tooth-colored fillings have been used widely in general dentistry for decades because they are durable and look like your natural tooth.
Benefits of White Fillings
Dental fillings restore a tooth after it is treated for decay (also called a cavity). There are several types of filling material, including metal and tooth-colored composite resin. Tooth-colored fillings, or “white fillings,” are the most common these days.
At Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center, we make sure you know all of your options for restoring your teeth, which may include fillings or a dental crown. White fillings have several advantages:
- Matches the natural shade of your tooth
- Blends into your smile
- Can be used on both the front and back teeth
- Forms a durable bond with the tooth enamel
- Does not expand and contract in response to temperature changes in your mouth like metal does, so they do not cause cracks in the tooth
Placing white fillings is fast and convenient. The decay is removed and the tooth is cleaned. The filling is bonded to the tooth and polished. As a final step, your bite is checked by our dentists and your new smile is ready to go.
Prevention of Dental Cavities
The best way to prevent cavities is with good oral hygiene, but if you do develop a cavity, tooth-colored fillings are a great way to restore and protect teeth.
- Brush your teeth two to three times a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which is gentle on the gums and enamel. Use light pressure and brush for 2 minutes each time.
- Floss every day. Flossing remains the most effective way to remove food debris and plaque between your teeth and under the gum line, where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
- Visit the dentist every six months. Regular dental cleanings are essential to preventing cavities. Our experienced, skilled hygienists remove plaque and tartar that cannot be removed with your brush and floss. Our team also takes periodic checkup x-rays to aid in identifying decay and treating in the most conservative way possible.
Sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks and fruit juice can be another factor when it comes to tooth decay. The bacteria that cause cavities love sugar and starches. After drinking a soda, rinse your mouth with water to clean the beverage off your teeth. It is also a good idea to avoid sipping on soda slowly throughout the day, which increases the amount of time the beverage sits on your teeth.
Find Out If You Need a Filling
To arrange an exam and X-rays with our experienced, caring dentists in Aurora, Colorado, and to find out if you need tooth-colored fillings, please call Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center at 303-751-3321. We proudly care for people from Denver, Centennial and areas across the state.