If Dr. Berger determines that you have a cavity or tooth decay, you may need a dental filling. Fillings help to prevent further damage and to preserve the structure of your tooth. At Berger Family Dental, we offer tooth-colored fillings.
What are tooth-colored fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, which is composed of a plastic and glass mixture. Composite resin, the most widely used tooth-colored filling, is also a great material to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth. A tooth-colored filling is designed to blend in with your smile, and will not be noticeable once it has been placed.
What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?
There are many reasons we provide tooth-colored fillings to repair cavities. The main reason is to restore the healthy function of the tooth. It just so happens that tooth-colored fillings also protect the aesthetic quality of your smile. In the past, the only option to fill a cavity was with gold or a material called amalgam, which is made of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. These fillings were noticeable and distracting.
Tooth-colored fillings are exactly as they are called—tooth-colored. They are suitable for most kinds of small- to medium-sized decay and blend in with the natural color of your own teeth. These composite fillings are very resilient, even to high chewing pressure. They provide the original shape, color, and strength to the damaged tooth.
How long do tooth-colored fillings last?
When properly cared for, your fillings can last for years to come. To help keep your fillings healthy and functioning, it is important to keep up with your oral health care. Make sure that you are brushing and flossing regularly and keeping up with your hygiene appointments. We will monitor your filling when you come to see us.
Can I replace an old filling with a tooth-colored one?
Yes. If you are unhappy with the look of old fillings, you can have them replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
Contact Berger Family Dental at 614-866-3368 to learn more about tooth-colored fillings.